PM Trudeau holds a press conference following the G20 Summit in Hangzhou
I’d like to begin by thanking President Xi and the City of Hangzhou for hosting the G20 Summit. We were truly made to feel welcome here.
We have just concluded a series of very productive meetings, where we focussed again on how we can better work together to… to grow the world economy.
My messages to the other leaders were straightforward.
First, that we need to continue to pursue more open trade because we know that through trade we can expand opportunities and help create more well-paying jobs. That’s good news for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Second, that we need to make sure that growth that is achieved is growth for the middle class and those working hard to join it. It’s not good enough to have the benefits felt by the wealthiest 1% -- they need to be felt by everyone.
Third, I stressed that our common growth must be clean. I encouraged the other leaders to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adopt clean technologies so that everyone can make progress on the Paris Agreement before our next meeting
Finally, I want to point out that these conversations didn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s clear that around the world there is a desire for change coupled with a real sense of uncertainty. That uncertainty – that fear – is driving some people towards a more isolated and insulated worldview. I reminded my colleagues that Canada’s success is rooted in our willingness to engage with the world and I encouraged them to do the same.
I’ll be happy to take your questions now.