The G20 Hamburg summit this Friday could help lay the foundation for a closer cooperation between Canada and Latin America on climate change following the U.S. decision to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The enduring strength of U.S. institutions and civil society will mean less the “fundamental transformation” promoted by Trump supporters and more a “heated transition”—though still with uncertain consequences.
No es la primera vez que Canadá se encuentra en situación de asumir el liderazgo regional. En las últimas décadas, ha aprovechado algunas de esas oportunidades y ha desperdiciado otras, enredándose en idas y vueltas en vez de hacer esfuerzos sostenidos.
Curiously optimistic in welcoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election a year ago, Latin America will examine up close this week a leader it has admired from afar. It will do so with even keener interest in light of the oncoming U.S. presidency of Donald Trump.
The Three Amigos hit all the right notes in the summit in Ottawa, Canada this week—a fitting second act to the “bromantic” state visit of Prime Minister Trudeau to Washington in March. But Brexit and Trump cast a long shadow over Obama’s last NAFTA summit.
If Prime Minister Trudeau truly wants to bring Canada back to being a leader on the world stage, he needs to reconcile Canada’s promotion of its resource extraction industry with a fairer, more progressive policy in its investments and practices overseas.
Change in Canadian politics is not limited to the election of the 44-year-old Justin Trudeau. The NDN party of the left and the Conservative Party are all undergoing leadership changes that will shift Canada’s party system in uncertain ways.