Prime Minister Trudeau delivers remarks at G20 Summit in Turkey
Hello everyone. It was a pleasure to be here at the G-20 Summit. I had extremely productive meetings with different leaders from Mexico, Italy, Germany and China. The theme was on investment and inclusive growth, which was very fitting for us because they are issues that are talked about a lot in Canada and I was able to highlight that inclusive growth isn’t just a goal in itself, but that inclusivity is a way of creating growth. And I added a couple of times during our exchanges on the economy, but also throughout these meetings, the impact of the attacks in Paris. We had a lot of discussions on security, on the commitment of G-20 countries to and against the Islamic State. I emphasized that we strongly condemn these horrific, horrible attacks and that Canada remains resolved to engage against the Islamic State in different ways, including engaging militarily, specifically in terms of training.
No one is immune from the impact of terrorism and something that I emphasized is that Canada was going to continue to do its part in the fight against the Islamic State.
It’s a pleasure to be here at the G-20 Summit. It was a great opportunity to have bilateral meetings with a number of leaders and build on…and build stronger relationships, including with Italy, Mexico, Germany, and China amongst others.
It was an opportunity to talk about investment and inclusive growth, two themes that are important to Canadians and to Canada. I actually highlighted in a couple of exchanges how inclusive growth isn’t just a goal but inclusivity is a means to achieve growth.
But throughout our discussions obviously the shadow of the events in Paris, of a few days ago, weighed heavily on us all. We had discussions around security and the fight against terrorism, and ISIL more specifically. Obviously I condemned the attacks and reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to be a strong member of the Coalition against ISIL including engaging militarily, more specifically in training up local forces to take on ISIL directly.
It was a reminder, however, both Paris and Turkey a few weeks before that no one is immune from terrorism and that all world leaders need to recommit and re-engage in the fight against terrorism.