Monday, November 9, 2015

Trudeau's first month as PM includes four major international meetings

Michelle Zilio,

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Trudeau got a kick-start on the foreign policy front last week, visiting the newly renamed Global Affairs Canada -- formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development – in Ottawa, where he rallied hundreds of public servants.
“I’m truly touched by the enthusiasm, by the support, because we’re going to have an awful lot of really hard work to do in the coming months, in the coming years, and we’re going to need every single one of you to give us — as you always do — your absolute best,” Trudeau said to the crowd.
His surprise visit to the Global Affairs Canada headquarters came one day after he wrote a letter to Canadian ambassadors and high commissioners, saying he and his Liberal cabinet will rely on their judgment and insight to advance Canada's foreign policy goals.
Andrew Cooper, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa, says that Trudeau's change in approach has already been on display.
"It radiates out, and you see the sense of openness and … the public diplomacy – the sense of building connections," Cooper said.

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