PM Trudeau delivers remarks and answers questions at the end of the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Hello. Thank you for coming. Before we go any further, I’d like to say a special thank you to the people of the region, who helped make this summit a success. I’ve already said that we chose Charlevoix because of the people who live here. I wanted the leaders and their teams to experience the legendary warmth of the people from this region, and that’s exactly what I’ve seen over these past few days.
Thank you to all the members of the community, local stakeholders, the Manoir Richelieu team, government representatives and all Canadians who made this summit a success.
And finally, thank you to the Indigenous communities with whom we worked closely throughout the process.
We are about to conclude a very successful G7 summit here in Charlevoix. This summit was focused on addressing very real and universal challenges and finding lasting solutions that will make a difference in the lives of people. I’m happy to announce that we’ve released a joint communiqué by all seven countries.
Our conversations took place against the backdrop of a rapidly changing economy and growing middle class anxieties around rising inequality, automation, and equality of opportunity, anxieties that have eroded trust in our institutions’ abilities to deliver for working people.
Ahead of the summit, Canada laid out five broad themes to help us tackle the root cause of this central economic issue that we all share. We talked about investing in growth that works for everyone and preparing people for the jobs of the future. We re-affirmed our commitment to advance gender equality and worked together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy. We spoke of the need to defend our democracies against foreign threats and build a more peaceful and secure world. We are committed to take concrete action to defend our democratic systems from foreign threats and take coordinated action to identify and hold to account those who would do us harm.
Now there is, of course, a diversity of opinions when it comes to charting the path forward. Every leader comes to the table with a different, and at times divergent, view on the preferred course of action. But leaders arrived here in Charlevoix ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work, and that’s exactly what we were able to do.
Now, I know you’ll know that we had some strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically, American tariffs. I reiterated to President Trump that these tariffs threaten to harm industry and workers on both sides of our border. I stand ready to work closely with the President to resolve this dispute swiftly but, as I have consistently said, I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.
We’ve also made good, genuine progress on a large range of issues over the course of the last few days, so there’s a lot that we could cover here but let me just highlight a few key accomplishments.
First, we created the Gender Equality Advisory Council with a mandate to integrate gender equality into the themes, activities and outcomes of the summit. We hope that the Charlevoix G7 will mark the beginning of a new tradition that makes gender equality one of its top priorities, and France, which will succeed us as chair next year, has confirmed to us that they will continue this approach and take up this fight.
In Canada, as around the world, much of the economic growth that has occurred in recent decades is attributable to women who have entered and transformed the labour market. So, if we really want to tackle chronic low economic growth, the income gap and social inequalities, achieving real gender equality must be part of our objectives along with the economy or the environment, and that is exactly what we did at this summit.
And today, I’m thrilled to announce that Canada, along with the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, and The World Bank will invest nearly $4 billion to support quality education for women and girls living in crisis, conflict-affected, and fragile states. This funding represents the single largest investment of its kind. In the fight for greater equality, education is key. It gives girls the tools they need to make their own decisions about their future and live the life they want for themselves. When women and girls have an equal chance to learn, grow, and succeed, entire communities benefit. And I believe this historic investment in girls’ education further speaks to our common resolve to make gender equality a top priority, not just this year, but every year.
We also welcome the announcement made by the development finance institutions of all G7 nations, that they will be investing considerable funds focused on women in developing countries to enhance economic participation and empowerment. This is proof of what we can accomplish by working together.
Five of us also agreed to a plastics charter, which speaks to our common resolve to eradicate plastic pollution. This is an important step towards achieving a lifecycle economy in which all plastics would be recycled and repurposed. This is good news not only for the environment but also for businesses who could stand to benefit from reducing the costs associated to plastic use.
Canada will also invest $100 million to rid our oceans of global plastic pollution. To protect our oceans, we agreed to the G7 Blueprint for Healthy Oceans and Resilient Coastal Communities. Oftentimes developing nations, including small island states, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. G7 nations have a role to play in helping these countries mitigate the consequences of, and join the fight against, climate change, which goes hand in hand with the health of our coasts and oceans. As part of this initiative, Canada will invest $162 million to help build strong and resilient coasts and communities. This will include efforts to build back better after extreme weather events and help expand renewable energy infrastructure.
And finally, we spoke about the future of the economy at length. Innovation is changing how we live and how we work which brings new challenges and opportunities for working people. One thing that came out of this year’s summit was the need to encourage a culture of lifelong learning, so that the next job is also a better job.
We also recognize that we need to adopt new ways of measuring economic growth. If we want to build economies that work for everyone, it’s essential we develop the right tools to monitor progress and address some of the flaws of our current approach.
My dear friends, the leaders' summit is drawing to a close and Canada's will continue as chair until the end of the year. Over the past few days, the leaders have made seven commitments, called the Charlevoix Commitments, which complement the communiqué and touch on a host of subjects. We intend to build on the momentum of the past few days and the progress made so far.
In an age defined by the uncertainty surrounding the changes our world is facing, forums like these are even more important. It gives us an opportunity to join forces and sometimes resolve our differences. Faced with today's major challenges, countries that have so far achieved significant economic success must stand together and promote the values that underpin our success.
I leave this summit inspired by the discussions in which I have participated and am as convinced as ever of the need to work together to meet our common challenges. Once again, thank you for joining us in Charlevoix.
I am now happy to answer your questions.
QUESTION: Hi there, Prime Minister. I’m wondering if you can answer this in English and in French. We have not yet seen the communiqué, but we’re told by credible sources, such as Chancellor Merkel, that you have reached compromise language on trade and tariffs in this. I’m wondering though if you could square that with the comments that President Trump made as he was leaving that: “the US has been taken advantage of for decades. We are like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing” and that ends, and two specific threats that it has to stop or we will stop trading with them, ‘them’ being people that don’t align their trade practices with US interests, and warning that if you retaliate against steel and aluminum tariffs, you’ll be making a mistake.
So, my question is, how meaningful is this consensus if the president is making these kinds of threats on his way out of town?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: The president will continue to say what he says at various occasions. What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves, and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues, whether it’s making an economy that works for everyone, ensuring the inclusion of women and girls, being bold in protecting our environment, or moving forward in a meaningful way to prepare for the jobs of the future. These are the kinds of things that are common challenges across our countries and around the world where anxiety about economic prospects of individuals and particularly of their kids leads to unpredictability and sometimes political uncertainty.
We have come together to lay out where we agree, to highlight the need to continue to work together to serve the citizens who elected us. I’m very pleased we came together on an ambitious joint communiqué at the end of this Charlevoix summit.
QUESTION: In French.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU:Obviously, the President will continue to say the things he says, but what we did this weekend together, the seven of us, was to come together around an ambitious communiqué that talks about the shared challenges we face in investing in the middle class, supporting citizens and countering the uncertainty and anxiety that they often fear when they are retiring or considering their children’s future.
So our ability to come together around a communiqué that talks about the jobs of the future, global security concerns, economic growth that works for everyone, women, the environment, really shows how valuable it is to work together, to align, to coordinate and to continue to defend this system that has contributed to great success for many people while always seeking ways to include more people in economic success.
QUESTION: Prime Minister, a follow-up though on the two sort of specific threats from the president today, saying that he would cut off trade with countries that don’t do what the Americans want them to do, and that if you retaliate on steel and tariffs, as you plan to do on July 1st, that you’re making a mistake. So, how seriously do you take that threat and does that change your plans to go ahead with the retaliatory tariffs?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry, particularly did not take lightly the fact that it’s based on a national security reason that, for Canadians who either themselves or whose parents or community members have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands and conflicts from the First World War onwards, that it’s kind of insulting. And I highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA and that it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us.
I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.
QUESTION: In French.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I pointed out to the President how insulting it is to Canadians across this country that he applied tariffs on steel, on aluminum under the pretext of national security, especially given our history. There have been so many occasions when Canadians have stood side by side with our American friends to defend the same values and principles that we all cherish. I pointed out that it was with regret that we had to make this decision, but that if the President continued to impose unfair tariff barriers on our steel and aluminum, on our workers and on our steel and aluminum industries, we would respond firmly and unequivocally with an equivalent tariff response as of July 1. We are firm, we are polite. But, as Canadians, we will not be pushed around by others.
QUESTION: Good morning Mr. Trudeau, Philippe-Vincent Foisy of Radio-Canada. Didn't Donald Trump overshadow your summit? Because deep down the G7 summit boiled down to “Phew, we survived Donald Trump again.”
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I understand that this was somewhat the approach you had in the days leading up to this summit, but we have managed to come out with a unanimous communiqué, with strong, specific commitments for the action we are going to take on major issues that concern not only Canadians and G7 citizens, but also citizens of the world and, in addition, we have delivered almost $4 billion for women and girls in crisis around the world. I would also point out that Canadian society was asking for $1.3 billion and we got $3.8 billion. We delivered through this summit, not just to demonstrate that there is a consensus that forms the basis for our continued work as developed economies of the world, but also to deliver concrete ways to protect our oceans, to help our women and girls, to advance economic growth that helps us all. I'd say it's quite a success.
Where did I start? I think actually it was notable that in the run-up to this summit there was a tremendous spate of speculation by a broad range of people that this summit was going to be replete with conflicts and not lead to much. Well, on the contrary, not only did we come out with a consensus document supported by all seven G7 nations, not only did we move forward on significant commitments on a broad range of issues that matter to Canadians, to citizens of the G7, to people around the world, we actually delivered almost four billion dollars for women and girls in crisis in conflict-affected areas to help with their education, their health, their security, which is quite frankly the number one recommendation that not only the gender advisory council we put together that did extraordinary work put forward, but also civil society in the past few days has been calling upon me directly to deliver $1.3 billion for girls in crisis in conflict-affected areas. But we did better than that. We did $3.8 billion. And because of this weekend, because of the convening actions that we’ve pulled together on, there are millions of girls around the world, of communities around the world that are going to do better, because this is what a G7 is supposed to be about, all of us pulling together and doing things that matter for our citizens and for the world. And on that, this was certainly a success.
QUESTION: But at the same time, on important things, trade for example, you talked a lot about plastics; the United States did not sign, Japan did not sign. On tariffs, we are still heading for a trade war. There is still no progress on the NAFTA file, I mean, realistically, you still haven't succeeded there, and it was Mr. Trump who came to derail what could have worked well?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Again, there are always other things we can work on. It is true that we did not solve all the world's problems this weekend in Charlevoix, but we made significant progress in building consensus around several major issues that we had been called upon to address together. So, certainly, we can say that yes, we could not completely transform President Trump's approach to trade and he continues to say the things he says, I agree, but those who thought that a visit to Charlevoix, although it’s magnificent and the people are very friendly, would completely change the Prime Minister's philosophical and ideological approach, perhaps had expectations a little too high. But what we have succeeded in doing is demonstrating that when the world's most developed economies come together to tackle major problems, to resolve common issues and to demonstrate leadership on shared concerns around the world, we have succeeded! And as you see in the communiqué and as you see in the commitments we made, we admit that there is still a lot of work to do, but I think we were able to reassure people who doubted our ability to work together, but above all we demonstrated our ability to deliver. And that is because we understand the shared responsibilities we all have toward our citizens and future generations.
QUESTION: In English, please.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Geez, I’m forgetting the beginning of my sentences. Obviously if the expectation was that a weekend in beautiful Charlevoix surrounded by all sorts of lovely people was going to transform the president’s outlook on trade and the world, then we didn’t quite perhaps meet that bar. But if the bar, much more responsibly, was: can the world come together, the world’s leading developed economies come together and make significant investments in things that matter to people, whether it’s women and girls’ education, whether it’s moving forward with real measures and real commitments to protecting our oceans, to including women in the growth that we need in our communities and our societies, to moving forward in an agreed-upon way on a broad range of things, then absolutely we’ve done that. And we highlight throughout our approaches that we recognize there is much more to do on a broad range of subjects. But what we were able to do this weekend is come together and get big things done and that’s certainly what people expected of us this weekend.
QUESTION: Prime Minister, on NAFTA, the president spoke this morning at his press conference. He said he thinks you’re close to a deal, but that a sunset clause is inevitable. There are two possibilities, he said, for a sunset clause, but there will be one. Do you agree that there will be a sunset clause, will you consent to that, and do you think you’re close?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: There will not be a sunset clause. Canada has been unequivocal that we will not, cannot, sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years. That is not a trade deal. So that’s not on the table. I think there are various discussions about alternatives that would not be that and that would not be entirely destabilizing for a trade deal and I think we’re open to creativity but there will no sunset clause.
QUESTION: In French.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: We stated that there would not be a sunset clause in NAFTA. We are not going to sign a free trade agreement that automatically expires every five years. That’s not a free trade agreement. So, we’ve demonstrated that we are open to discussing other measures that the president could take back, but no, there will not be a sunset clause in NAFTA.
QUESTION: If the President’s saying there absolutely will be a sunset clause and you’re saying there absolutely won’t be a sunset clause, does NAFTA die on that hill?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: No. I think it’s an example of where we will continue to work together in a meaningful, responsible, serious way to bridge the gaps that we have in our positions, because as we know, a renegotiated NAFTA is good for Canada, good for the United States and good for Mexico. And as the President and Vice-President and many people have said, it’s possible to get to a win-win-win and that’s exactly what we are going to continue to work to do. We know that we can create a trade deal, a renewed NAFTA, that will be beneficial to citizens in our countries and that’s what we’re going to remain focused on.
QUESTION: In French please.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Obviously, if there are differences of opinion around the table, that simply means that we are going to continue to work together seriously and with good intentions. We are going to try to deliver an improved, modernized NAFTA agreement, and we know that it is entirely possible. It is entirely possible to come to an agreement that will be good for American workers, good for Canadian workers, good for Mexican workers, citizens of our three countries. And we will therefore continue to do the necessary work to get there.
QUESTION: Hello Mr. Trudeau. Mélanie Marquis from the Canadian Press. When you informed Mr. Trump that you still intended to impose tariffs effective July 1, did he respond by threatening to impose even greater tariffs?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: No, he said that he didn’t think that it was a good idea for us to do that, and I understand. And we do not necessarily want to either because it will hurt American workers. And we do not want to hurt American workers, but for me, my basic and primary concern must be to defend Canadian workers and interests. And the unfair and unacceptable tariffs that the President is imposing on us demand a clear and firm response, and that’s exactly what I said to the President, and that is exactly what I will continue to say and exactly what I am going to do come July 1.
QUESTION : En anglais s’il vous plait.
RT HON. JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I told the President that we would be moving forward with retaliatory equivalent tariffs as of July 1st and he expressed to me that he thought that would be a mistake. And I certainly agree that it’s not something that we want to do. We do not want to harm American workers. We do not want to harm trade between Canada and the United States. But the administration’s choice to impose illegal and unacceptable tariffs, illegitimate and unacceptable tariffs to Canadian steelworkers and autoworkers and on the Canadian economy must be met with an equivalent response. I don’t want to hurt American workers. They’re our neighbours. They’re our friends. But my job is to stand up for Canadian workers, Canadian interests and I will do that without flinching. That’s what I explained to the President.
QUESTION: However, the President, the evening before he arrived here, at the G7, tweeted this threat. Does it mean that when he writes mainly in all caps on Twitter and when he’s in a room with you that his behaviour is completely different?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Listen, I’ve been working constructively with the President for more than a year. We’ve worked together; we have perhaps different approaches when it’s comes to communicating, but we are both there to defend the interests of our workers, our citizens, and that’s what we’re doing. I spend a little more time demonstrating that the interests of our citizens, our workers are closely related to the interests and advantages of American workers because our economies are so fully integrated. I will continue to use this approach that seeks, yes, to defend and obtain advantages for Canadians, but not at the expense of Americans, but so that it is clear that when we work together positively, we can create benefits that are greater than what we would achieve on our own.
QUESTION: Hello. Dave Kidd CIHO, Charlevoix. Your friend, the Mayor of La Malbaie, spoke of an historic summit because the town was so quiet. The Canadian presidency cost an estimated $600 million. Are we to understand that for there to be peace and quiet for citizens that it is always going to cost $600 million?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Obviously, I think, judging by the reaction, there were people who clearly voiced their disagreement with various aspects, a little, a little more in Quebec City, but I think that it was orderly, there was security, and we can be proud of it. I think that it is important in a democracy for people to feel that they are able to express themselves, to demonstrate. At the same time, I think that we always set our priorities on what is the most important, in other words, to ensure the security of participants, citizens and demonstrators. If we were to criticize ourselves for doing a little too much of what we needed to do, I think that it’s the least of our worries. If we were in a situation instead where we were criticized for not having done enough because there were problems, I think that we would be having a very different conversation. Of course, every time we hold an event, we look at what happened, what we did well and what we could have done differently for the next time, it lets us know if it’s okay or not. It decides our next steps, our take-away for what we will do the next time, but I think that it’s hard to say that what we did was not the success that we wanted. First and foremost, it was to ensure a successful G7, to ensure the peace and safety of citizens who welcomed us and also to allow people to be able to voice their disagreement.
QUESTION In English, please.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I think there’s no question that at the end of any summit or event like this we take a look at what worked, what we could have done differently, what we might have done differently in terms of lessons for next time. But quite frankly, if we’re reflecting right now that we did perhaps too good a job of keeping our citizens safe, keeping the participants safe, keeping those who wish to demonstrate or express themselves safe, that’s a critique I’m willing to accept.
I think obviously if things had gone very differently and we hadn’t been able to keep people safe, we’d be having an entirely different conversation but like I said, when one holds significant events like this, it’s much better to err on the side of being overly cautious because the harm that could have come to any individual would not be worth saving a little money.
So, obviously as we move forward we will learn from this experience and perhaps be better next time. But I think we can all be proud of what we were able to achieve both as a summit and what we were able to demonstrate to the world as how we are able to get that balance right between encouraging and allowing and celebrating the fact that people absolutely can express themselves freely in our democracy while at the same time ensuring that we keep everyone safe.
QUESTION: So, if I understand, what you’re saying is that regarding security, there were lessons learned from past events and today’s, and in your view, there were not too many police in the street here or in Quebec City. Is that right?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I admit, I was here in Charlevoix working. I didn’t see … I was not in Quebec City to see, but of course, whenever there is an event of this scale certainly, but also at smaller events where measures are taken onsite. There are always considerations, right? What did we learn this time? What could we do differently next time? That’s what we expect from our police forces, from our security experts, and if we aren’t learning each time, we would have a hard time explaining if things went wrong. We all remember what happened a few years ago in Quebec City during the Summit of the Americas. It was certainly something that influenced our position this time around.
Next time, we may have a position that will be influenced by how things went this time, but I can certainly assure you that keeping citizens safe is at the heart of what we do. I don’t think that that was a mistake.
QUESTION: Thank you!
MODERATOR: Now, five questions from Quebec without any follow-up. Due to timing, now we’ll go to the five questions from Quebec without follow-up. Thank you.
QUESTION: Okay, yes, in the interests of time I will fold this into one question – two on really good topics. Mr. Trudeau, what reasoning did Mr. Trump provide for not signing onto the $3.8 billion girls’ education initiative, and could you also tell us if President Trump repeated his threats to put U.S. tariffs on autos, and if so, what did you tell him?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: On the issue of the agreement, we actually have a Charlevoix commitment on education for women and girls. That is something that all seven of us have agreed to. On top of that, Canada put forward about $400 million in direct new financing that we are allocating in our aid budgets towards women and girls in crisis and conflict situations, and we encourage and reached out to all G7 partners to do the same, to allocate new funding to that cause.
A number of them chose to do that, but all of us were able to sign the agreement that we would move forward on women and girls in crisis. It’s just some were able to allocate direct dollars. But I can highlight that within the envelope there are a lot of NGOs and foundations that are also part of this movement, and that includes American money as well.
On the other question, we talked and I impressed upon the President how damaging 232 tariffs on cars would be, and that obviously is a conversation that’s going to continue.
Clearly, I had the opportunity to speak directly to the President to point out how 232 tariffs on cars in Canada would be extremely damaging to our economy, and we have committed to continue discussions on it, as we talk regularly about many things.
QUESTION: Hi Prime Minister. I’d like you to clarify your position on sunset clause. You said that a five-year sunset clause is not on the table. Trump says that there’s a second proposal for a longer-term sunset that take account of the business investment cycle, so are opposed to any sunset clause of any length?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Yes. We are opposed to any sunset clause of any length. If you put an expiry date on a trade deal, that’s not actually a trade deal. So that’s our unequivocal position. When I referred to various proposals; if there is a desire to have a check-in and a renewal, knowing that this is a trade deal, like most trade deals, that one can trigger a departure from at six months’ notice. That’s something that is rarely used. That exists currently in NAFTA. It would no doubt exist in a modernized NAFTA, so that’s actually one of the reasons why we don’t see the need for a sunset clause. If you can leave a trade deal at six months’ notice, as we know the President has threatened to do a number of times, then there’s no real need for a sunset clause, so we are looking, always willing to listen to proposals that might work around that, but allow me to be absolutely unequivocal: a trade deal with a sunset clause is not a trade deal and therefore we will not accept a sunset clause of, you know, five, ten, whatever duration is proposed by the President.
QUESTION: And the sequence of events then in this case, what’s the sequence since you say you made your case, he said you virtually didn’t make the national security case to him, so how do you see the path forward? What are the next steps? What are… the sequence to get to NAFTA?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: We’re going to continue to work together on issues where we agree. We’re going to continue to talk about issues on which we disagree, we’re going to continue working towards a renewed NAFTA, we’re going to continue to work towards removing the 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum from the United States. This is an ongoing relationship that we work at very hard quite regularly, and we will continue to.
MODERATOR: Next question.
QUESTION: Hello Mr. Prime Minister. Is the press release going to state that the representatives of the G7 countries all agree with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: No, as we know, the American government withdrew from the Paris Agreement and, therefore, did not want to be associated with support for the Paris Agreement. We, like the other G7 countries, we all agree with the Paris Agreement. We are all taking measures in our countries to meet our obligations. It’s a major priority for me, as you know, but it was agreed that in the press release, the Americans would explain that they were not supporting the Paris Agreement.
MODERATOR: Next question.
QUESTION: Prime Minister, what did you say to President Trump about his desire to bring Russia back into the G7, and what do you think about that?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: I said very simply that it is not something we are even remotely interested in looking at, at this time, to have Russia return to the G7.
QUESTION: In French, please.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I stated very clearly to the President and to others that it was not something that we were at all interested in, to see Russia return to the G7.
MODERATOR: Last question. Thank you.
QUESTION: Hi Prime Minister. At the start of the summit, Donald Tusk said that he thinks the U.S.’s actions are threatening the world order – the world rules-based order. Do you share that worry?
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: I think we have right now citizens around the world who are anxious about their futures, about their kids’ futures, and that leads to different paths, it leads to political uncertainty, it leads to a turn towards authoritarianism in certain non-G7 countries, it leads to consequences that are troubling for all of us. And I think as you look at the rise of certain economies, whether it’s China or Russia or others who don’t play by the same rules and don’t have the same values and approach that we G7 countries do, I think it’s important to highlight that we have work to do together to demonstrate that our approach of respecting rights and freedoms; encouraging individual success while we ensure collective responsibility for each other, is an approach that works – is an approach worth defending.
Now, we’re always willing to talk about ways to improve some of the mechanisms we have in place to ensure better outcomes for our citizens, but I think that approach is one that we’ve been able to come together to highlight, both in the G7 communiqué and in our actions collectively over the past months.
QUESTION: Thank you.
PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU: In French? I think that it’s clear that there is a lot of anxiety in the world. When people see an uncertain future for themselves, their children, we see unpredictability in the political system, in the rise of authoritarianism, totalitarianism and authoritarianism …
Sorry, I’m a little tired … in certain countries around the world, other than the G7. And I think it’s important to point out that we recognize that the rules we abide by as a country can always be improved, but that we have to continue to work to reassure our citizens, to demonstrate that we are there to create success through stability, while allowing liberties, human rights, the ability to succeed, the ability to be there for each other. These are the values that unite us as G7 countries, and we must defend the system for which we play by the rules, always ready to improve them or change them, our institutions, for the better, but by recognizing that there are major economies and countries around the world who do not play by the same rules, the same values. China and Russia certainly come to mind, and it is important that we continue to work together to demonstrate that our approach is right, not just for us as the government, but for the citizens whom we are helping every day.
Thank you everyone. Thank you very much.