Canada’s Voice – Despite a rocky start, the leaders of the G7 have agreed to a joint communique even if disagreements over key issues remain.
But in making the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted to the latest sabre-rattling by U.S. President Donald Trump, who earlier in the day said it would be a mistake for countries like Canada to impose counter tariffs on the tariffs his country is putting in place on steel and aluminum.
“The president will continue to say what he says,” an unfrazzled Trudeau said at a news conference wrapping up the two-day Charlevoix G7.
“I have made it clear to the president that it (imposing counter tariffs) is not something we relish doing, but it’s something that we absolutely will do.
“Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”
But Trudeau was also anxious to talk about what the world leaders accomplished, highlighting a historic agreement to invest in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations.
Canada, along with the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the World Bank announced an investment of close to $3.8 billion in the plan.
Of the total, Canada is investing $400 million over the three years.
Five of the seven countries — the U.S. and Japan disagreed — also signed on to a new charter to reduce the amount of plastics in the world’s oceans. Canada alone is investing $100 million in the effort to rid the world of the pollution.
He said the two decisions are examples of what can be accomplished with leaders “roll up their sleeves.”
The actual wording of the leader’s communique — particularly when it comes to the trade question that bedevilled the summit all weekend — was not available as of 6 p.m.
The summit ended like it started. Trump arrived mired in controversy and bluster and he left the same way.
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