Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters while flying from Antalya, Turkey to Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, to attend the APEC Summit.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters while flying from Antalya, Turkey to Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, to attend the APEC Summit.
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PM Trudeau to attend World Economic Forum in Davos


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Davos, Switzerland, next week to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, the prime minister’s office (PMO) announced Monday.

Trudeau will be at the WEF from January 20 to 23, 2016, and will get a chance to “share the real and positive economic changes he intends to undertake to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the Canadian economy,” the PMO said in a statement.

The prime minister is expected to tout his government’s pledges to invest in transit, green technologies, to enact tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses, presenting Canada as a business-friendly, reliable and stable investment economic partner.

“At the World Economic Forum, we will signal the return of a more positive, open, and innovative Canada to the international business community,” Trudeau said in a statement. “In an increasingly interconnected global economy, Canada’s diversity and connections to the world are among our greatest economic assets, and will prove vital as we work to grow the middle class.”

At the forum Trudeau will also have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of international issues and hob-nob with the who’s who of world political and business elites, said Ferry de Kerckhove, a former high-ranking Canadian diplomat, Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at University of Ottawa.

‘Huge circus’

“It’s a huge circus, Davos has become probably one of the largest shows in the world when it comes to bringing luminaries of from all places of the world,” de Kerckhove said. “In terms of networking I don’t think there is a better place in the world: you’ve got everybody who’s somebody that is there.”

(click to listen to the interview with Prof. Ferry de Kerckhove)


There is always a very sophisticated program for the prime minister developed in collaboration with the Canadian ambassador in Switzerland, de Kerckhove said.

“He will have the chance to speak, participate in panels and a lot of people would want to see him,” de Kerckhove said.

A spokesman for the prime minister’s office said Monday they are still working on Trudeau’s itinerary for the forum and it was expected to be released soon.

Trudeau will be joined in Davos by Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, and President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison, each of whom will have his or her own program of meetings during the four-day conference, said the press release.

Showcasing Canada

De Kerckhove said Trudeau’s “rock-star status” and his familiarity with many of the world leaders he met in his childhood with his father former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau will help him open many doors.

“There is this notion of showcasing our country as the right place to invest, the right place to trade,” de Kerckhove said.

Trudeau is also expected to use the opportunity to talk to Canada’s European partners, particularly, the Germans, about speeding up the finalization of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, which was officially presented in September 2014 by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Toronto, de Kerckhove said.

On the other hand, Canada’s trading partners are likely to press Trudeau on whether he plans to follow through with the Transpacific Partnership agreement, signed by the preceding Conservative government during the final days of 2015 election campaign, de Kerckhove said.

Canadian realpolitik

Trudeau is also expected to face more questions about the controversial $15-billion deal to sell state-of-the-art Canadian light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia and Canada’s commitment to the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, de Kerckhove said, arguing that Trudeau should stick to his guns and go ahead with the sale.

“There is a kind of a balancing act between the values and the interests side, but I think in this particular case there is a superior interest, which is the stability in the region,” de Kerckhove said. “Of course, we can’t deny that there are regimes like Saudi Arabia that from the human rights point of view are totally beyond the pale, but there is a higher interest over the long run.”

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One comment on “PM Trudeau to attend World Economic Forum in Davos
  1. David E.H. Smith says:

    Do ‘We’ (& PM Trudeau) want ‘Good Corporate Citizens’, or, more of Stephen Harper’s & Corporate Canada’s Global assocs. to Punish the harmless taxpayers & complete the Info Deprivation?

    TPP Costs harmless Taxpayers. Why not make Global Corporate Partners pay for ‘Privilege’ of joining TPP, et al?

    After New Zealand’s PM admitted that medicines will cost more, have the citizens of New Zealand & other TPP nations also noticed similar moves like Canadian Prime Minister Harper below? ‘To help pay for the harmless taxpayers ‘guilty transgressions’ against Global Corporations in Canada, Prime Minister Harper has recently cut the funding for health care by $36 billion dollars’. (please see article below)

    There is a great deal more to the ‘Foreign’ Treaties/’Arrangements’ (TPP, CETA, TTIP, et al), than Tobacco Carve-out, Piggy-backing Autos & Parts from China to N. America &/or the EU via Japan, Gouging Drug Prices, Fish, IP, Privatizing Public Health Care, Dairy products & Pork;
    Why didn’t Someone Tell me that the Punitive Penalties of the TPP’s Tribunals would come off the Top of Signatory Governments’ Budgets & Not the Bottom after All other Expenditures? Corporations & Shareholders First and the lil’ guy gets left overs, if any.

    Should Politicians Have to Sully Their ‘Beliefs’ & Sales Pitches with ‘Sordid’ Facts that Come from Actually Reading & Understanding Global Treaties/’Arrangements’? Just the Facts; ‘We’, The People can Draw our Own Conclusions? Unless they’ve been paid via ‘future considerations’…
    2 Republican Senators Admit that They Have read the TPP.
    Congress/Parliaments; Deluded, or, Deluding; ‘IGNORAMUS et IGNORABIMUS’ (I do not know & I will Not Know)?
    ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodies’? (Who Will Guard the Guards?)

    Canada’s (US’s) Traditional Media (Corporate Canada, et al) seem to be Adjusting the TPP ‘Goal Posts’ in order to ‘Demonstrate’ how Canada Won more than it Lost & similarly in all of the other Traditional Media of the other TPP nations. How did ‘We’ all ‘Win’ if everyone else ’Lost’? Isn’t more accurate that the Global Corporations WON BIG time & ALL the citizens of the Trans Pacific nations LOST BIG time?

    Guaranteeing the Net Tax Gains for the Voters with Global Corporate Assets Defeats the Purpose of the Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements’; ie. it’s like playing the ‘Shell’/Shill Game without Hiding the Pea.

    TPP & other Global Corporate Arrangements Accelerates Disparity at Voters Expense.

    • Can Piggy-backing 80% of products from China, BRICS, et al, on to Canadian products exported to the U.S. really lower the taxes of Canadian citizens by 7% if Corporate Canada increases our Taxes (Global Corporate Tribunal Penalties) by 2- 12%+?

    • Canada’s Remorseless Prime Minister (Pay for The WAD Accord’s
    Compensations, etc.) & Depriving Citizens, et al, of Due Diligence Info?

    • There is no melodramatic ‘Boom, or, Bust’ in the TPP & the other Global
    Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements; it’s just a huge Shift of
    Liabilities from Corporations to the harmless lil’ guy
    and taking Huge amounts from the lil’ guy via Punitive Penalties ‘giving’ it
    to Shareholders as ‘Profits’;
    Tort Reform on Steroids is Tort Abolishment.

    • TPP & other Secret (‘Omerta’) Global Corporate Treaties/”Arrangements’;
    It doesn’t matter that it’s a secret, ‘You Should have Known’, Pres. GHW
    Bush on Corporate ‘US’ Reneging on FTA.

    • If it isn’t a Schedule to Reduce Trade Tariffs then it’s a Secret American led
    ‘Slave’ (Democratic Rights) Trade by Info Deprivation.

    • How long have Global Corporate Associates been ‘Passing’ Legislation in
    Anticipation of Suing Once Ratified? ‘Trickle’ Up & Out Economics.

    • Corporate America, after its 2008 ‘Tactical Probe’ into Deregulation & Its Sub sequential Buying Short on its Global Recession, is Anxious for Its Legitimized & Globalized (TPP/TTIP/CETA) ‘Full Invasion’; HSBC’s money laundering, Enron’s insider trading, Chase Bank’s fraud, etc.
    Corporate Canada & its Traditional Big 3 Political Parties are desperate to
    increase its play time under the ‘skirts’ of Corporate U.S. in the
    International Glitter Game.

    • TPP, TTIP, CETA; Roll-back NAFTA, et al, Tribunal Penalties (ISDS) paid by Canadian lil’ guy; $125 M & $25 M legal fees to Reneging Corporate America. U.S. Pays ‘0’. ‘You Should have Known’; President Bush. Prohibit Future TPP, et al, ISDSs.

    • Corporate America is Leaving Grassroots U.S./Canada, et al, Fatally Vulnerable; China can Kill TPP, et al, by Offering its Trade Partners Alternative to citizen Punishing Dispute Settlements (ISDS) & few other ‘Hearts & Minds’ choices? CHINA too ‘Humbling’ for Corporate America & Assocs.? Is a Kinder & Wiser CHINA too ‘Humbling’ for Corporate America & Assocs.?
    • China & BRICS can Kill TPP, et al, by Offering its Trade Partners Alternative to citizen Punishing Dispute Settlements (ISDS) & few other ‘Hearts & Minds’ choices? BRICS too ‘Humbling’ for Corporate America & Assocs.? Is a Kinder & Wiser BRICS too ‘Humbling’ for Corporate America & Assocs.? Corporate ‘U.S.’ is Leaving Grassroots America, et al, Fatally Vulnerable.

    • But, will the lil’ guy get 6 years to read, consider, discuss & improve upon (with lawyers paid by Global Corporate Assocs.)?
    FULL Article, see;
    Please consider sharing the enclosed information & questions with 10 friends who will share it with 10 others…
    Also See; ‘You Should have Known’; President Bush re; Corporate ‘America’ reneging on FTA at