Dec 15, 2017
By Jane Brown
U.S. President Donald Trump is planning a first trip to Canada. He is scheduled to attend the June gathering of G7 leaders at a resort in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, and it seems he is now considering backing a climate change related initiative to be discussed at the summit.
Trump has shown disdain for international multi-lateral groups, disparaging alliances such as NATO, pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement and tearing up trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But there is word that Trump wants the Charlevoix summit to succeed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s deputy minister for the summit says the U.S. president is looking forward to attending.
Trudeau formally launched Canada’s G-7 presidency yesterday with a live Facebook event and said Canada will make preservation of the world’s oceans a major agenda item.
Representatives within the Trump administration have given the go-ahead to developing this theme in pre-summit meetings early in the new year.