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Trudeau hails EU-Canada trade deal in speech to EU lawmakers

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While some people will decry globalism, free and fair trade/freedom of movement are the way to go compared to the current isolationist tendencies (pointing finger at you UK/USA).

We are already a global culture with exchange of ideas but goods are hindered by too many barriers.

We also need more transparency.

I only hope other countries are not going to fall for isolationist demagogues (pointing finger at you France/Netherland).

All that said, I welcome cooperation between the EU and Canada.

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Looks like a new Canadian gravitation. Though in the wind for a while, now coinciding with the Trump ascendancy, new and better trades pathways come to fruition.

Whether willing or unwitting, Justin Trudeau looks more and more like a new North American hero.

I wonder if any part of his speech was delivered in French.

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It seems he dont like to deal with TRUMP.

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@inkochi,

Far from a hero. More like a manipulator.

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While the Canadian prime minister acknowledged there may be differences in perspectives on how to approach that and denounced the politics of fear at a time of great anxiety across the world, he made no criticism of Trump. “What I saw from the American president, was a focus on getting things done,” he said.

Trudeau is such a classy guy.

It seems he dont like to deal with TRUMP.

No one does except Putin, Abe and maybe Dutarte. A wack pack if there ever was one.

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Trudeau is such a classy guy.

He's a smart guy. He can't choose the American president. He can't directly influence his policy. He can't change his laws. He can only influence law in Canada. His role with the American president is to ensure smooth relations between the two countries. Let the Canadian people criticize Trump (as they are), and ensure a smooth relationship between Canada and America (as he is). That's good leadership.

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He's a smart guy. He can't choose the American president. He can't directly influence his policy. He can't change his laws. He can only influence law in Canada. His role with the American president is to ensure smooth relations between the two countries. Let the Canadian people criticize Trump (as they are), and ensure a smooth relationship between Canada and America (as he is). That's good leadership.

agree 100%. But in addition to everything you've said, he's also classy. What other world leaders stood there in their nation's airports and welcomed refugees coming here? Here's a guy who stands in the airport giving gifts and toys to the poor children of syria and welcoming them to his country, while the brute down south bans them and builds walls. Not only did he let them in, he personally welcomed them. Now that's class. AND like you said, he's very smart. He's in a very tough position with his country sharing borders with Trump and Putin. I wish him luck.

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I wonder if any part of his speech was delivered in French.

It was about 50/50 French and English, as one would expect from a Canadian PM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJBncUjpml0

What other world leaders stood there in their nation's airports and welcomed refugees coming here?

Aly, you might disagree but there is actually a legitimate reason why most world leaders have refrained from turning refugee arrivals into a media spectacle. The refugees are supposed to be enemies of the state who are on the run and in serious danger of persecution. Having Justin take selfies with them at the airport and advertising their new country of residence is not exactly the most responsible thing to be doing (for either their own safety or the safety of friends, acquaintances or relatives they've left behind). As classy as Trudeau is, he was definetly ill-advised on this.

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@Aly, you mention something a lot of people miss, when commenting on Canada's border with the US, which is still the longest 'unarmed' border in the world...you've obviously taken a look down from directly over the north pole; across that ocean and ice, Canada and Russia are face-to-face and that's why NORAD exists. It's funny (almost) how often we read in JT of Japanese military aircraft being scrambled to shadow Chinese military aircraft, but seldom do we read of Canadian fighters scrambling to shadow Russian aircraft, in spite of the fact it happens on occasion.

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Trevor, excellent point brother

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" free and fair trade/freedom of movement are the way to go compared to the current isolationist tendencies (pointing finger at you UK/USA)."

If it weren't for UK/USA, free trade in its current form today wouldn't exist. The current trade arrangements and "free movement" in China, S. Korea, Japan and many, many others are far more rigid, protectionist and isolationist than what Trump or the Brexiteers are proposing. And the global community seems fine with that.

How many countries DONT deport people who have been caught after sneaking across their borders? Certainly not Japan, to name just one. Perspective, please.

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The EU will be holding the strings in this deal if it comes to pass Canada can only dream but Trudeau is certainly beter than Harper by a landslide.

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