Donald Trump did a lot of business at the UN this week. But it was mainly taking the opportunity to meet one on one with other world leaders who happened to be in town. He had specific deals to do, and he did them, meeting with the leader of South Korea and the presidents of Egypt and France.
So where’s Canada, in terms of deal-making?
Besides playing footsie with China (and wearing weird t-shirts) what were we doing, while the Mexicans and Americans were getting their deal?
Well, we were working on this:
This is the logo for Canada's campaign to win a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021-22. It was inspired by the colours of the #2030Agenda and the @UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals and values are at the heart of Canada's priorities! #Together #CanadaUNSC
So we were basically doodling a flag (in Liberal colours), while the other kids were doing math.
And the room was mostly empty when Trudeau spoke the UN.
There was also a lunch for the leaders. And every single one of them wanted a moment with Trump.
Trump is polite enough, but he’s the big dog, and he has his own priorities. As you saw, that included South Korea, Egypt and France. But no time for Trudeau. Trudeau tapped Trump on the shoulder. Trump looked up; sees who it is, doesn’t get up; doesn’t talk. Trudeau shakes his hand for literally one second and then walks away.
The Daily Mail, a UK newspaper, pointed out that Trump refused to have a bilateral meeting with Trudeau, even though, according to them, Trump had five hours to do so. He just didn’t feel the need to be scolded about carbon dioxide or male privilege or whatever Trudeau wanted to talk about. He had grown-up stuff to do.
But Canada has big plans, too!
Liberals to create new ambassador position for women, peace and security The new ambassador would help champion feminist-based aid programs and advocate for more female participation in peacekeeping and conflict resolution
Hey, that sounds really, really good. So many logos to colour. So many exciting trips. So many opportunities to show fancy socks to new people who haven’t seen them yet.
We’re in the best of hands, folks...
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