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Trump tweeted on Saturday that Lewis, D-Ga., "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.''
Rep. John Lewis reads a statement speaking out against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions , during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Jan. 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The incoming president added: "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!''
Lewis, among the most revered leaders of the civil rights movement, suffered a skull fracture during the march in Selma, Ala., more than a half-century ago and has devoted his life to promoting equal rights for African-Americans.
For many African-Americans the contrast between this inauguration and Barack Obama's first one, in 2009, was striking.
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
The 16-term congressman said Friday that he would not attend Trump's swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol this coming Friday, and that it would be the first time he had skipped an inauguration since joining Congress three decades ago.
"You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president,'' Lewis said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press'' that is set to air Sunday.
"I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,'' Lewis said.
Lewis' spokeswoman, Brenda Jones, declined to respond to Trump and said the lawmaker's "opinion speaks for itself.''
"We as a nation do need to know whether a foreign government influenced our election,'' she said.
Civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis meet with former president John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office of the White House following the civil rights march on Washington D.C., in this Aug. 28, 1963 photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.
U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russia meddled in the election to help Trump win. After spending weeks challenging that assessment, Trump finally accepted that the Russians were behind the election-year hacking of Democrats. But he also emphasized that "there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.''
Democrat Clinton received 2.9 million more votes than Trump but lost the Electoral College vote.
Lewis' Democratic colleagues quickly came to his defence Saturday.
"Let us remember that many have tried to silence @repjohnlewis over the years. All have failed,'' tweeted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
"John Lewis is an American hero,'' Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said in a tweet directed at Trump. "You're a fake billionaire who won't release his taxes. Put down Twitter and get serious about governing.''
John Lewis is an American hero.— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) January 14, 2017
You're a fake billionaire who won't release his taxes.
Put down Twitter and get serious about governing. https://t.co/LIvpXhX2wX
Trump continues to use Twitter to attack his adversaries, just as he did throughout the campaign.
Trump's assertion that Lewis' district is "falling apart'' and "crime infested'' is hard to prove.
Georgia's 5th Congressional District includes the Atlanta metro region, which has a large African-American population. The district is considered one of the nation's fastest growing areas, but its crime and poverty rates are higher than the national average.
The area also covers part of the upscale Atlanta neighbourhood of Buckhead, along with the headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, the Georgia Institute of Technology, several historically black colleges and universities and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world's busiest.
Associated Press writer Pamela Sampson in Atlanta contributed to this report.
Notley posted a video message Friday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taken to task for talking about eventually phasing out the oilsands.
"You can't make a choice between what's good for the environment and what's good for the economy," Trudeau told a town-hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont.
"We can't shut down the oilsands tomorrow. We need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels. That is going to take time. And, in the meantime, we have to manage that transition."
Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ontario on Friday. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
His words set off anger in Alberta, where the low price of oil has thrown many out of work.
Notley didn't mention Trudeau by name, but touted the recent approval of pipelines and said the oilsands will power the global economy for generations to come.
"Our job is to make sure Alberta's product is the first in line," she said.
"The bottom line: Alberta's oil and gas industry and the people who work in it are the best in the world. And we're not going anywhere, any time soon."
"Our job is to make sure Alberta's product is the first in line."
Alberta's NDP government has brought in legislation capping oilsands industries from collectively emitting more than 100 megatonnes of greenhouse gases a year to reduce the effects of climate change and remake the province's energy infrastructure into one that relies more on renewables such as wind, solar and hydro power.
Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean — whose Fort McMurray constituency includes the oilsands — says the oil and gas industry provides thousands of good-paying jobs and supports government services across Canada.
"If Mr. Trudeau wants to shut down Alberta's oilsands, and my hometown, let him be warned: he'll have to go through me and four million Albertans first," the Wildrose leader said in a statement.
Ric McIver, interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives, said he was disappointed Trudeau was targeting the oilsands which create "thousands of mortgage-paying jobs for Canadians across the country."
"Albertans expect better from our prime minister."
"It's unfortunate to see him side with Hollywood celebrities by vowing to phase out our oilsands," he said in a statement, referring to a recent visit by actor Jane Fonda. "Albertans expect better from our prime minister."
Liberal Leader David Swann was more diplomatic and called on Trudeau to clarify his remarks.
"In the current international economic climate the industry does not need any more uncertainty about its future," he said in a statement. "We need our prime minister to not only support this industry, the economic engine of the country, but to communicate that clearly.
"Given Justin Trudeau's recent pipeline approvals, he should be given the benefit of the doubt and a chance to clarify his remarks."
Two 12-year-old girls were found dead in Wapekeka First Nation in northern Ontario this week, continuing an alarming trend in remote indigenous communities.
Last year, dozens of people — many of them children — attempted suicide in Ontario's Attawapiskat First Nation, and more recently, there was a string of six youth suicides in northern Saskatchewan.
Dozens of youth living in Attawapiskat First Nation attempted or committed suicide last year. (Photo: CP)
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett issued a joint press release expressing their condolences to the girls' families. Crisis workers are already in the community, with more scheduled to arrive in the next few days.
But Angus, the NDP's former indigenous affairs critic and a possible contender for that party’s leadership, said the government continually responds to clusters of suicides that make national news with short-term solutions, only for the cycle to start all over again.
He said the biggest issue is that the government fails to keep track of how many children are not getting the mental health support they need.
“They are responsible for the lives of these children, they are responsible for funding,” he said.
NDP MP Charlie Angus said proactive solutions to First Nations mental health care aren't rocket science. (Photo: CP)
“Just because you don't know how many kids are falling through the cracks, doesn't mean you're not responsible for them falling through the cracks.”
Philpott said the fact is that no one is getting denied care.
“We have a responsibility to provide care to all First Nations kids,” she said.
“We are going out of our way to identify who has not had care to date, and making sure they all get the care they need.”
The health minister pointed to the government’s $382 million investment over three years to implement Jordan’s Principle of equal care, which ensures that all First Nations children are getting the health services they need.
“We have a responsibility to provide care to all First Nations kids."
Philpott said in the six months, the government has identified 1,500 kids that weren’t getting the help they needed.
Internal memo identified ‘notable gaps’
Last month, Angus released an internal Health Canada memo received under the Access to Information Act pointing to a bleak mental health care situation for children on reserve.
The memo came from the department's First Nations and Inuit health branch, and was issued in the summer of 2015— before the current Liberal government took power— according to the health minister’s press secretary.
Based on an internal assessment of their services, the department identified "notable gaps" in health care services at the time for First Nations and Inuit children who had complex care or mental health needs, according to the memo.
The situation had become so dire that some families have given their own children up to child welfare officials in order to get them the mental health services they need. (Photo: CP)
For example, children and families on reserve were often referred to provincially run programs that require them to travel far for treatment.
These programs were often not equipped to deal with trauma or are "culturally safe," according to the memo.
And funding for programs that have been specifically designated for First Nations and Inuit children were not keeping up up with the cost of inflation.
The situation had become so dire that some families have given their own children up to child welfare officials in order to get them the mental health services they need.
Philpott clarified that the report was issued under the previous government, but said she “would not in any way imply that gaps do not still exist.”
Steps to improve
The Liberal government has since taken some steps to improve services.
In June, the federal government invested $69 million over three years to create additional mental health teams for indigenous communities and crisis intervention teams in Ontario.
Philpott said part of that money is earmarked for 32 mental health and wellness teams that can work with First Nations communities to provide long-term support.
She said the department also has four new crisis teams that can be activated to travel and respond to communities like Wapekeka quickly.
“Why aren't these children considered valuable by the government of Canada?”
And in October, the government launched a 24/7 crisis line for First Nations and Inuit people to provide culturally sensitive counselling.
The Liberal government also earmarked $71-million for First Nations child welfare in March, but an NDP motion put the need at $200-million, based on a figure from advocate Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.
At the time, Angus blasted the government over figures showing the Indigenous and Northern Affairs department did not spend $900 million available to it.
“That is money that could have gone to children, to houses and to education,” he said.
Childhood sexual abuse could be to blame
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who represents 49 First Nations communities in Ontario, said there was reason to believe other youth in the Wapekeka community are high risk.
“We need to try to find out what the underlying causes may be or the underlying reasons why youth want to hurt themselves and why they want to take their lives," he told The Canadian Press.
Fiddler has linked the problem of suicide on First Nations reserves to the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse, and called an emergency meeting with three cabinet ministers and national chief Perry Bellegarde in December.
According to interviews conducted by The Canadian Press, sexual abuse is rampant in indigenous communities, and connected to the painful legacy of Canada’s residential schools.
"I've just seen too many young people die on my watch."
For more than a century, aboriginal leaders say, many indigenous children were molested by church clergy and other school staff, creating a cycle of childhood sexual abuse that has rippled through generations.
Angus said communities lack the resources to determine whether sexual abuse is the main factor behind mass youth suicide attempts.
"We don't have the police tools, we don't have the mental health tools, and these children are left on their own," he said.
"And it's not acceptable."
Proactive models needed
Angus said there are plenty of proactive models to mental health treatment that the government could apply to First Nations communities.
“It’s not rocket science. We've seen it a long time ago for children of white families, so why can't we apply the same principles, the same proactive approach the same intervening before a crisis happens and apply to First Nations communities?” he asked.
“Why aren't these children considered valuable by the government of Canada?”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, currently on a town-hall tour across Canada, was asked this week why indigenous kids grappling with the deaths of two girls won’t get the chance to meet with him. Trudeau said he and his ministers are closely engaged on the issue.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is making long and short-term investments to tackle challenges in First Nations communities. (Photo: CP)
“We are responding with investments in mental health, in crisis response teams, in the kind of community support that will hopefully address this problem in the short term,” he said.
“While in the same time, we understand the investments we are making in education, in indigenous languages and culture, are the kinds of things that end up giving opportunity and strength to communities that are battered by challenges such as youth suicide and addiction and mental health challenges.”
Angus said these tragic deaths are preventable.
"I keeping asking myself, which one will be the crisis that finally breaks the heart of the federal Parliament and they say 'enough, we're going to look after these children.' I've just seen too many young people die on my watch, I don't know what it's going to take."
She wrote a book on the “rise of the global super-rich.” He made hundreds of millions of dollars in the oil industry.
The contrasts between new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson help remind us that there are other relationships key to Canada-U.S. partnership beyond that of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and president-elect Donald Trump.
Rex Tillerson, left, is the nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, while Chrystia Freeland, right, is the new foreign affairs minister for Canada.
Other Canadian ministers will also have to find common ground with the prospective members of the next U.S cabinet. (Watch the video above to see how some key members of Trudeau’s inner circle line up with the people Trump aims to have advising him.)
Despite views on Russia’s aggression that are evidently not shared by Trump or Tillerson, Freeland made clear this week that she is seeking common ground, particularly on trade. She pointed out to reporters on Parliament Hill that the federal government has already held several meetings with Trump’s team.
“I think that’s what Canadians expect us to be doing, to be forming relationships, to be getting to know the new U.S. administration,” she said. Being able to pick up the phone and reach her counterpart will pay dividends, she suggested.
“We’ve been laying the groundwork for some personal relationships,” she said.
Those relationships won’t always be easy. At his confirmation hearing before the Senate this week, Tillerson faced a grilling on Putin’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, and said he didn’t have enough information to call Putin a war criminal.
Freeland’s office, meanwhile, said she would not seek to ease sanctions on Russia in order to have her travel ban lifted.
"There is no quid pro quo for aggression and illegal action on their part,” Freeland’s spokesman told The Canadian Press.
With a file from The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Two of Russia's nervous neighbours are urging the Trudeau Liberals to use Canada's close relationship with the U.S. to encourage the incoming Trump administration not to become too cosy with the Kremlin.
The ambassadors of Ukraine and Latvia tell The Canadian Press that Canada's historic friendship and alliance with the world's only superpower puts it in a strong position to advise president-elect Donald Trump to be wary of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland speak in Belgium on Oct. 30, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
The envoys also say new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland can deliver that message to Washington because of her strong network of contacts in the U.S., as well as her past experience as a journalist who reported extensively from Ukraine and Russia.
Trump has frequently complimented Putin, even though American intelligence agencies say Putin engineered cyberattacks designed to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Trump said for the first time this week that Russia might have been behind the cyberattacks.
But he has also said the U.S. needs to improve relations with Russia, saying if Putin likes him that's an "asset" for the U.S. because the country has a "horrible relationship with Russia."
"There are so many people around the world who hope that Canada will educate the new administration in Washington, D.C., and that Canada will help the new administration in the U.S. make a firm stand on Russia."
"There are so many people around the world who hope that Canada will educate the new administration in Washington, D.C., and that Canada will help the new administration in the U.S. make a firm stand on Russia," Andriy Shevchenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, said in an interview.
"The world and countries like mine expect of Canada that it will show a lot of leadership in dealing with the new U.S. administration."
Karlis Eihenbaums, the Latvian ambassador, said Canada is widely viewed as a trusted ally and close friend of the U.S. which will hopefully help advance the interests of NATO in Washington. Trump has criticized NATO as obsolete and said the U.S. will not automatically come to the aid of its allies.
Canada is sending 450 troops to Latvia, a fellow NATO member, as a deterrent to Russia after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and president-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: YouTube/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
"The U.S. and Canada are constantly consulting each other and doing so in a frank and candid manner, informally and officially," said Eihenbaums
He called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent decision to name Freeland as foreign affairs minister "very smart" because of her past experience in the region.
"It means that her perspectives will be unique and insightful and I presume, that the Americans will listen to what she has to say."
Shevchenko has known Freeland since the 1990s, when he was a Kyiv-based television reporter and she was a foreign correspondent splitting her time between the Ukraine capital and Moscow.
Freeland 'knows the way Russians think'
"She knows the way Russians think," Shevchenko said. "She knows the strong and the weak sides of the corrupt Russian elite and she knows how they make decisions."
Freeland's new mandate includes overseeing Canada-U.S. relations. Her appointment has been widely viewed as pre-emptive move by the Trudeau government to have a strong voice with Washington on a variety of issues, including trade.
Freeland, who will represent Canada at Trump's inauguration next Friday, has a wide network of contacts in the U.S. capital and was vigorously working its power corridors before Christmas in her former cabinet post as trade minister.
"Our government has been working hard to develop some personal connections with some of the leading voices in the new administration and the president-elect's team," Freeland told a CBC affiliate in Toronto on Friday.
"We've been focusing particularly on those shared economic interests, on that mutually beneficial trading relationship," she added.
"For all the differences between our countries and our governments, we do have a very strong shared interest in middle-class jobs and growth."
The woman, identified by CBC News as Kathy Katula of Buckhorn, Ont., sparked applause by sharing her struggle to make ends meet at a gathering in Peterborough. The prime minister, who is on a grassroots tour across the country, later embraced Katula.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with an emotional Kathy Katula following a news conference in Peterborough, Ont. on Jan. 13. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
“My heat and hydro now cost me more than my mortgage. I now not only work 75 hours a week, I stay and work 15 hours a day just so I don’t lose my home,” she told Trudeau, adding that she wears a leg brace and has epilepsy.
Katula claimed her hydro bill has reached as high as $1,085. She did not state if that figure represented a monthly total or several months, but said she's in "energy poverty."
“How do you justify to a mother of four children, three grandchildren, physical disabilities, and working up to 15 hours a day…. How is it justified for you to ask me to pay a carbon tax when I only have $65 left of my paycheque every two weeks to feed my family?” she asked.
Trudeau lauded her strength and determination, suggesting it’s unfair she wasn’t able to focus instead on how best to spoil her grandkids.
Watch the entire exchange from Global News:
The prime minister said that while hydro rates are a provincial matter, he understands his government’s plans to price carbon is causing “consternation” among some Canadians.
As the world transitions away from fossil fuels, he said, it is important that those already feeling stretched “beyond the breaking limit” aren’t penalized.
He noted that his government’s plan does not kick in until 2018. If provinces or territories do not implement either a cap-and-trade or carbon tax by that time, the federal government will impose a carbon price in that jurisdiction of $10 per tonne, rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.
Any revenues generated will be given back to those provinces or territories.
'We need to make this transition'
“We are not taking any money outside of the jurisdictions that pay those carbon taxes so it will be up the government of Ontario to ensure that you are not penalized,” Trudeau said, adding he trusts all provinces to be responsible.
But Trudeau said the world needs to get off of fossil fuels.
“We need to make this transition,” he said.
Ontario launched a cap-and-trade system this month. Alberta also ushered in a carbon tax.
But sky-high hydro rates have taken a toll on residents in Canada’s most populous province, particularly in rural communities, as Ontario phased out burning coal to generate electricity.
Ontario’s auditor general has said the electricity portion of hydro bills for homes and small businesses spiked 70 per cent between 2006 and 2014.
With files from The Canadian Press
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Kellie Leitch, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, also made it clear online Friday that she's proud of her many titles and accomplishments.
Kellie Leitch speaks during the Conservative leadership debate in Saskatoon on Nov. 9, 2016. (Photo: Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)
According to The Prince Arthur Herald, an online student newspaper in Montreal, Leitch was speaking to student supporters in the city Thursday when she was questioned about her plans to scrap the Indian Act without consulting indigenous groups first.
“Please understand that I do have 22 letters at the end of my name. I’m not an idiot,” Leitch told the critic.
The Prince Arthur Herald posted a short clip of the exchange online:
After the story blew up on social media, with many suggesting it clashed with her overtly populist campaign, Leitch doubled down.
“I apologize for the error, I have 18 letters after my name, not 22,” she tweeted. “Each is an achievement I worked hard for.”
I apologize for the error, I have 18 letters after my name, not 22. Each is an achievement I worked hard for. -kkl https://t.co/q6I6naKWTW— Kellie Leitch (@KellieLeitch) January 13, 2017
The Library of Parliament actually lists 16 letters after Leitch’s name. Her title reads: The Hon. Dr. K. Kellie, P.C., O.Ont., M.D., M.B.A., F.R.C.S.(C).
“The Hon.” is a designation earned from her time cabinet, “O.Ont.” represents that she has received the Order of Ontario, and “F.R.C.S.(C)” means she is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.
She holds a medical degree (M.D). and masters of business administration (M.B.A.). Presumably, the other two letters to which Leitch was referring represent her bachelor of arts (B.A.).
The story comes on the heels of a Maclean’s feature from writers Martin Patriquin and Charlie Gillis that also sparked buzz online.
In a profile of Leitch’s campaign manager Nick Kouvalis, a former Conservative staffer seemingly pointed out a contradiction between the MP’s recent anti-elite rhetoric and past behaviour.
From the Maclean’s piece:
Felix Wong, who served as the Conservative senior political operations officer in Ontario in the 2015 election, remembers getting a phone call from Leitch in the early weeks of the campaign. Leitch, Wong remembers, was irate that her business cards didn’t say “Doctor” before her name. Wong, who was 27 at the time, said the card template didn’t allow for honorifics.
“You’re lying,” Leitch yelled, according to Wong. “This is unacceptable. Even the prime minister [Stephen Harper] introduced me as Dr. Kellie Leitch this morning. I’ve earned all these titles. Do you have these titles after your name? No.” Wong said Leitch then threatened to call Harper if the cards weren’t fixed. (Leitch’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.)
Leitch has frequently slammed so-called elites, particularly in the “left-wing media,” for criticizing her controversial call to screen immigrants and visitors for “anti-Canadian values.”
Shortly after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president in November, the former cabinet minister released a fundraising email lauding how “our American cousins threw out the elites.”
Leitch's campaign has also used the label to criticize her opponents in the leadership contest.
When Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer joined the race in September, Kouvalis derided him as an “out-of-touch elite” for launching his bid at Ottawa’s National Press Theatre.
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Global Canada, a non-governmental organization, published its second annual report this week, highlighting the country’s commitment to international aid as close to an all-time low.
The report notes current aid levels to be about two per cent of the federal budget.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a town hall event in Kingston, Ont. on Jan. 12. (Photo: Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“This situation is not the Trudeau government’s fault, but is now its responsibility,” said Robert Greenhill, the group’s founder in a column published in The Globe and Mail. He called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to correct Canada’s course on foreign aid.
“By keeping most of the discretionary cuts imposed in Stephen Harper’s last years, the first Liberal budget actually had lower support for development (26 cents per $100 of national income) than the average of the Harper government (30 cents).”
In order for Canada to match international assistance levels set by G7, the government would have to double its contribution, the report suggests.
The budget would have to increase to 56 cents per $100 of national income — a bar set by “like-minded countries” such as Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway.
There’s economic merit in international aid spending, the report notes. It brings up the example of China — one of the largest recipients of Canadian aid in the ‘90s — and how the country has become “the second largest market for Canadian products today.”
When it comes to development and defence spending, Canada is tied for last with Japan, Greenhill said.
“What a pity, and potential tragedy, that Canada has been taking such a minimalist approach to international assistance,” the report reads.
The federal government said the conclusions in the report are similar to those already expressed in an ongoing review of Canada’s international aid program.
“We agree that our investments are critical for changing the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable,” international development and La Francophonie spokesman Bernard Boutin told The Huffington Post Canada.
“We know that Canadians and our international partners want us to be engaged in the world.”
Boutin said Global Affairs is mindful of where Canadians want to see foreign aid dollars go — to programs that align with a "respect for human rights, inclusiveness and good governance."
He added: “We are in the process of changing course and we want to focus our efforts where we will have the greatest impacts: evidence-based investments that will empower the poorest and most vulnerable and save lives. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are a strong example of this type of investment.
“We know that Canadians and our international partners want us to be engaged in the world.”
Canada to world: ‘We’re here to help’
In his first year in office, Trudeau made a concerted effort to sell Canada as a globally minded and giving nation.
“We’re Canadian. And we’re here to help,” Trudeau said in a speech to the United Nations’ General Assembly last September.
The prime minister pledged to increase Canada’s role in UN peacekeeping missions. So far, $450 million and 600 troops have been allocated for an unconfirmed mission or series of deployments.
Conversely, the strategy of using the prime minister’s personal “brand” to woo a global audience has also brought more high-profile pressure for Trudeau to deliver.
Celebrities including musicians Bono and Rihanna have also called on the prime minister to increase Canada's foreign aid investment, particularly with global health and education programs.
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