Who are Canada’s friends? Justin Trudeau needs to figure that out fast
Trudeau was here to ask the Dutch to double down on those values alongside Canada — and solidify his own principles in foreign policy at the same time. His speech to the Dutch Parliament and his off-the-cuff comments to students at day’s end hammered home his message: countries that have a modern, inclusive and moderate approach to promoting democracy and sustainable growth need to stick together.
“It’s the best exposition I’ve seen from Trudeau of what he means by a ‘progressive’ foreign policy,” says the University of Ottawa’s Roland Paris, a former senior foreign policy adviser to Trudeau.
“It’s also clearly an appeal for the Netherlands, and by extension other like-minded states, to rally together in support of these values.”