This week both United States President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
While Trump focused his speech primarily on outward threats like radical Islam, North Korea and Iran, Trudeau decided to keep his speech close to the chest and more domestic in tone. There was no talk of getting the “Rocket Man”, although later Trudeau would address North Korea as a concern for Canada but didn’t go as harsh as his counterpart south of the border.
In fact, the two continue to play the roles they developed on the campaign trail — Trump continues to say whatever he wants no matter how damaging it could be and Trudeau maintains his “buddy” persona.
Trudeau’s move to stay domestic in his speech is probably a good political move in that it focused heavily on the country’s dark past involving Indigenous people. He promised to “deliver true, meaningful, and lasting reconciliation between Canada and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.”
The Liberal government has been taking a lot of heat from Indigenous people and groups for the handling of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry with many feeling the whole process is heading towards failure. In an attempt to salvage the work that has already been done, the Liberals announced a small cabinet shuffle that split the former Ministry of Indigenous and Norther affairs portfolio between Carolyn Bennet, who oversaw the whole ministry herself, and Jane Philpott.
Philpott will handle Indigenous Services.
It’s still too early to know if this will have a positive affect or not on the inquiry but there’s hope it will turn things around.
In addition to welcoming more Syrian refugees, Trudeau’s speech was one of a compassionate Canada. Without a doubt that’s the image Trudeau wanted to paint to the rest of the world especially as he eyes a seat on the security council.
Trudeau concluded by saying “every single day, we need to choose hope over fear, diversity over division. Fear has never created a single job or fed a single family.”
If you want to check out what Trudeau said for yourself, here’s his full speech.