Trudeau to meet Queen, British PM in London

Lester Mason
April 19, 2018

Justin Trudeau has become the first Canadian prime minister in history to address France's parliament, wrapping up his trip to Paris before he heads to London to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II.

"Justin Trudeau's government is planning a huge oil pipeline across Indigenous lands to take the highly polluting tar sands to global markets", Greenpeace UK oil campaigner Sara Ayech said.

The protest coincided with a new greenhouse gas report to the United Nations that showed Canada's emissions are starting to trend downward, but not almost at the rate needed to meet the country's worldwide commitments. He first thanked the activists for coming and later reasserted the importance of selling Canadian oil now to pay for cleaner energy over the long term.

"And CETA is a progressive trade agreement that truly reflects those protected values and represents a new standard for all future trade agreements".

The prime minister convened a meeting with the premiers of those two provinces on Sunday, prior to his foreign trip to France and the United Kingdom, after which he asserted that the pipeline would get built.

The prime minister also had an audience with the Queen before huddling with his British, Australian and New Zealand counterparts at Britain's National Cyber Security Centre for an afternoon briefing on cyberattacks, notably those allegedly perpetrated by Russian Federation.

Greenpeace said 30 volunteers assembled the mock pipeline in about 15 minutes and then took about an hour to decorate the columns of the Canada House building, home of the Canadian High Commission, with banners that read "Crudeau Oil". Along with the United States they make up the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance.

He strode briskly to a waiting vehicle as the protesters yelled "Climate leaders don't build pipelines" and "Leave the tarsands in the ground", but he did thank them for coming out.

"I don't think anything about the context, but this type of protest is narcissistic", said bypasser Ares Nikolle, who was not aware of the Trans Mountain pipeline debate. From the climate change and global warming, gender equality to the economy, the Canadian Prime Minister has highlighted his convergences with Mr. Macron.

Not everyone swooned - especially not nationalist leader Marine Le Pen, and especially not when talk turned to the Canada-EU trade deal.

And he repeated a favourite line: if Europe can't make a free trade deal with Canada, what other country could it possibly expect to make a similar deal?

"And after that point, we will begin discussions on how to further refine and make it appropriate and possibly enhance it for the Canada-U.K. relationship specifically. That's something that we're very much focusing on and looking forward to".

Trudeau and Macron also marked the establishment of a new cultural agreement, this one signed by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, that included promoting the French language in "the digital space" and affirming the two countries' support for net neutrality.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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