Our collective anxieties are in dire need of some soothing, and gathering of world leaders to disccuss the subject of peace strikes me like something we all really need right now.
TL;DR Trudeau attended a peace forum in Paris hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Dozens of global leaders attended, including Trump. Both Trudeau and Macron delivered empowering speeches; throwing shade at Trump's tactics and ideologies.
In the current divisive political and cultural climate where every human opinionated and armed with a phone, our leaders should be looked upon as prime examples of relational diplomacy and tact. Right?
It would be ironic to discover that esteemed world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss "peace" did so by covertly throwing shade and firing shots at one another via public speeches and thinly veiled criticisms on social media.
That said, everyone is talking about Trudeau's speech which delivered at the press freedom event, expressing serious contempt for Trump and his tactics and ideologies.
The Prime Minister pointed out that one of the institutions under the most stress is "a free-thinking, independent, rigorous, robust, respected media"
As we know, Trump has shown extreme hostility and even paranoia towards the media that covers him, referring to any negative reports as "fake news," also going so far as to accuse Google of rigging search results.
Although Trudeau did not explicitly mention Trump's name during the speech, it was obvious who he was referring to, exclaiming "When people feel their institutions cannot protect them, they look for easy answers," Trudeau said, "in populism, in nationalism, in closing borders, in shutting down trade, in xenophobia."
President of France Emmanuel Macron joined forces with Trudeau and made very similar remarks aimed at Trump during his public speech as well.
Macron delivered a message about the dangers of nationalism, while Trump - a self-declared nationalist, sat in front of him. Macron said. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. Which he also reiterated in this Tweet.
Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By putting our own interests first, with no regard for others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values. https://t.co/w9AltyvMDw— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 11, 2018
All that to say, this visit to Paris made very clear the relationships between these nations are changing drastically.
Trudeau turned to Twitter to affirm Canada's solid and continued relationship with France by posting a photo of him and the French president smiling and captioning "In times of conflict and in times of peace, Canada & France are partners, allies & the closest of friends."
In times of conflict and in times of peace, Canada & France are partners, allies & the closest of friends. Thank you @EmmanuelMacron for your welcome, and for a great discussion about job creation, economic growth that benefits everyone, trade, security, & gender equality. 🇨🇦🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/tUVHG9gRVr— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 11, 2018