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The succesfull visit to Italy of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The succesfull visit to Italy of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Canadian leader collects consents and approvals. Institutional visits, business meetings, the embrace with Amatrice, the dialogue with the Pope: Italian and European appreciation for the 'Trudeau style' is growing.

A prime minister who excites and fascinates Italy and Europe, who has been elected among the undisputed protagonists of the current political stage: it is Justin Trudeau, the youngest European premier, with an innovative approach to politics and society. With the managerial skills of a great company called Canada, he has raised the expectations of modernity and progressiveness of the new North American frontier. The premises were all to make the stay of the Canadian Prime Minister in Italy, at the end of the G7 of Taormina, a two-day (29 and 30 May) of success that someone has compared to the celebrities.


At the Canadian prime minister we recognize the ability to win over the public with simple and convincing words, in a peaceful and safe modus with the human sensitivity of a man who, in Amatrice, shows sincere difficulty in facing the remains of the inexorable force of nature, bringing the message of solidarity of the Italian community of Canada to the citizens in the areas affected by the earthquake in August 2016.

Trudeau fully reflects the avantgarde and foresight of his country in the field of social and cultural modernity, in the sense of tolerance and integration. The prime minister therefore is not afraid to face sensitive issues for the consensus, such as the issue of migrants, and at the press conference in Montecitorio on 30 May, before the President of the Senate, Piero Grasso, and the President of the Chamber, Laura Boldrini recalled the great contribution given by the Italian community migrated to Canada, emphasizing the opening policies of the host country, and the great work to be done today in countries of origin in cooperation with Europe.

He then reiterated the common commitment to gender equality and environmental protection, which was a prerequisite for developing a more sustainable economic-based economic system. Stressing the excellent relations between Italy and Canada, a modern relationship based on ancient roots, he also opened the economic debate in relation to the signing of the CETA and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).

Promote the strengthening of economic and trade relations, also in view of the upcoming ratification of the CETA agreement, this is on the agenda of Italian and Canadian governments. A delegation of entrepreneurs led by the Canadian Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne and put together of about fifty representatives of Canadian companies, accompanied the premier during his permanence in Italy. The mission was hosted by Assolombarda in Milan on 29 May and in Rome by Confindustria on the 30th, participating in in-depth seminars on the industrial sectors affected by the CETA agreement and on technical sessions dedicated to the analysis of financial instruments supporting Italian and Canadian companies and the investment opportunities between the two countries.

A story of friendship, between Italy and Canada, always more and more strategic: during the Press Conference at Villa Madama on 30 May, it emerged the alignment of views of the respective governments on issues of common interest. After all, following the radical political change in the United States and the protectionist policy adopted by the newly elected president Donald Trump, Canada is the new European reference point, conforming to a progressive and federalist vision, and the Canadian premier is leading his country towards a series of new or enhanced strategic trade agreements and partnerships: CETA with the EU, the CCFTA with CHILE but has also looked to the east, towards China, to which, on the occasion of its visit last year, has announced its intention to increase cooperation, to strengthen the bidirectional flow of tourists, indicating 2018 as the year of Canada-China tourism. While taking into account geopolitical differences, therefore, Europe and Canada are getting closer and the proactive approach in international relations and the progressive ideas of Canadians are not disturbing factors in Merkel's vision of "Europe to Europeans" but rather this are relaunch signals, since Trade means more growth, and more growth means more jobs.

To complete the series of institutional meetings of Trudeau in Italy, there was a visit to Pope Francis Pope. At the Vatican the prime minister raised the issue of the role played by the Canadian Catholic Church in the system of residential schools for indigenous peoples. Between 1840 and 1996 over one hundred and fifty thousand Indigenous minors were forcibly placed in these schools financed by the federal government and frequently run by churches; in 2015 the truth and reconciliation commission found that in these institutions there were abuses and deaths, which the Church might have to answer. His Holiness highlighted that acts of abuse can not be tolerated in the society and has asked forgiveness for the deplorable behavior of some members of the Catholic Church.

On this occasion, important was the role played by the Embassy of Canada in Italy who contributed both in the organizational and participatory phase and concluded the series of appointments planned for the Canadian mission with a reception at the Ambassador's residence, to whom in addition to the Premier Trudeau, some personalities of the Italian political and industrial environment took part.