“He makes politics look glamorous — and anybody standing next to him, basks in his glow.”
On this Irish leg of Trudeau’s three-city, six-day European tour, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Liberal MPs Seamus O’Regan, David McGuinty, and James Maloney will be standing next to Trudeau.
“[Trudeau] is the kind of guy everyone wants to hang out with,” Last wrote.
Not to be outdone The Irish Times ran with an online feature: “Justin Trudeau and nine other hot politicians.” The feature — presented with tongue firmly in cheek — wondered if Trudeau is not the most “lusted-after modern leader.”
A more straight-ahead news item in The Irish Times noted that Trudeau’s major task during his visit here will be to help Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar sell ratification by the Irish parliament of the Canada-European free trade deal. All 27 legislatures in Europe must ratify the deal. Trudeau, like his predecessor Stephen Harper, believes the deal is a good one for Canada and will lead to new economic opportunities.
Many Irish trade unions, civil society groups and some members of the Irish parliament — like many of their Canadian counterparts — oppose the trade deal.
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, for example, has called the deal “a sell-out” and says opening up the Irish market to Canadian beef will hurt Irish beef producers. Association president Patrick Kent told the Irish Times that Canadian beef was of a “lower standard” and “higher priced.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with his son Hadrien and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau board a plane for Dublin, Ireland in Ottawa, Ont. on Monday, July 3, 2017.
Trudeau departs for Edinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday morning where he’ll have an audience with the Queen. The week ends with Trudeau’s participation in the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
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