Important to retain female politicians than recruiting: Justin Trudeau at Washington Summit


Important to retain female politicians than recruiting: Justin Trudeau at Washington Summit

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 11 Oct 2017

Washington, Oct 11 (IBNS): Addressing a gathering at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, said it is important to retain female politicians than merely recruiting them, media reports said.

Trudeau, at the summit held in Washington, said the Canadian government has proposed to include a chapter on gender in the revised edition of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Explaining the plan, the Canadian PM said: "It means recognizing that trade has different impacts on women that it does on men.”

The summit was also attended by US president Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, who was also found to be in a lighter mood with the Canadian prime minister at the summit.

Addressing a gathering where several high school girls were present, Trudeau said the female students must have the tenacity to carry on their fight even though their male classmates do not have to.

The women summit at the US capital was not entirely about female issues, as US president Donald Trump, too had a chance to come up in the interactive session with Trudeau.

Trudeau, who is on his second visit to the US, seemed to be polite about Trump despite Canada's repeated collision with the US due to the NAFTA negotiations.

The Canadian PM, with the US president's daughter Ivanka in the crowd listening to him, said his approach towards reaching out to Trump remains the same like any other global leader.

Though they differ on a number of issues, still "look for areas of agreement", Trudeau said.

"I have conversations with the president every few weeks on a number of things," Trudeau said.

Canada is presently negotiating with the US regarding the NAFTA, an agreement which came into force from January 1994 by Canada, Mexico and United States creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

For last one and a half years, US President Trump criticised the agreement and also hinted to take some serious steps being in the administration or at least send some ultimatums.

Both Canada and the US differs in the climate change.

The US has already announced their withdrawal from the Paris Climate and the process of coming out from it is underway.

On the other hand, Canada wants a new NAFTA with a reference to the global climate issues and make necessary steps to tackle them.

In the negotitations, Canada is working for a better labour and environmental provisions.

Both Canada and the US are in favour of making an environment agreement in the new NAFTA instead of designing a separate deal.

The two nations also want to make certain provisions to prevent NAFTA nations from violating the rules for the sake of drawing investments.

However, in the last month, Premier Kathleen Wynne threatened the US of imposing similar trade barriers if the US continues with their 'Buy American' policy.

The policy is favoured by the US President Donald Trump.

The US is trying to include the 'Buy American' policy in the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement ) also, though the Canadian government said they are resisting the pressure.


(Reporting by Souvik Ghosh)

Important to retain female politicians than recruiting: Justin Trudeau at Washington Summit

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