Joe Biden was in Ottawa before he leaves office, meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The US VP reflected on the seismic shift ushered in by Brexit and Trump…lamenting at how one-by-one Obama, Hollande, Cameron, Renzi, Clinton and himself are being sent ushered out of the halls of power, replaced by a realpolitik order that may bring some relief to a tired and angry populace.
During an evening dinner hosted by Trudeau, Biden said…
“I’ve never seen Europe engaged in as much self-doubt.”
“The world’s going to spend a lot of time looking to you, prime minister, as we see more and more challenges to the liberal international order since the end of World War II — you and Angela Merkel.”
“We do very well in all conditions and this friendship endures through whatever situations we encounter.”
“It’s a special friendship, one that is unique on the world stage.”
This photo was taken May 1, 2016. pic.twitter.com/r8yqja9uWf
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) December 4, 2016
Bloomberg reports on the special meeting between the last of the neo-liberal order. Good riddance, they brought nothing but suffering across the world…
The world will look to Germany and Canada for leadership as the political status-quo is upended across the West, Vice-President Joe Biden said.
Trudeau is an avowed feminist pushing a pro-trade and pro-immigration agenda that is at odds with the rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump. However, the prime minister has largely avoided criticizing him, saying he will work with any U.S. leader.
Biden will meet with Canadian premiers on Friday as they prepare to negotiate a national climate accord with Trudeau. The vice-president called climate change the “most consequential issue of our generation,” and ended his remarks with a toast of “viva Canada.”
The bilateral meeting comes as Trudeau’s government prepares for the arrival of Trump, who has both threatened to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and raised hopes for reviving TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline proposal. Canada and the U.S. are also facing trade battles over softwood lumber and drywall.
Climate issues could be another source of friction. Trudeau is speeding up Canada’s phase-out of coal power and putting a national price on carbon emissions. Trump, meanwhile, is looking to overhaul the Energy Department, has threatened to pull the U.S. of the Paris climate accord and has chosen an outspoken critic of the Environmental Protection Agency to lead it.
Both Trudeau and Biden praised the Canada-U.S. relationship, with the vice-president calling it “absolutely critical” and saying the vast majority of Americans consider Canada to be family. Trudeau made no direct reference to Trump, though cited “all the cycles of political seasons” in his remarks.
If the Germans vote out Merkel in 2017, then Trudeau will be left all alone on the world liberal stage.