All eyes in Canada are on Trudeau to see if he will come out of this visit with some tangible deals and his reputation intact after what were judged to be poor showings in both China and particularly India.
According to the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, the real purpose of Trudeau’s trip February to India remains unclear to most, having only garnered 160 million euros in Indian investment, whereas Macron secured over 12 billion euros in contracts for France.
“Exceptional” partnership but little trade
But Canada, with its substantial French-speaking population, views its partnership with France as exceptional and solid, with both countries seeing eye to eye on the fight against global warming and against terrorism.
Canada recently agreed to send six helicopters to support French and African troops fighting armed Islamists in Mali.
But France represents only 1.1 percent of Canada’s imports and 1.0 percent of its exports, a situation the French hope will change thanks to the country’s recent economic deal with the European Union.
Trudeau will end his tour in London, where he is due to meet Queen Elizabeth, who is still Canada’s head of state, and Prime Minister Theresa May before attending a Commonwealth heads of government meeting.
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