On the occasion of his official visit to France, the Canadian Prime Minister addressed Sciences Po students.
When announcing his arrival, the places were stormed in 3 minutes. This Monday afternoon, just minutes from the event, the amphitheater of Political science bristles with impatience and excitement. Because the guest of honor, like any self-respecting rock star, is waiting. His name: Trudeau. Justin Trudeau . On the occasion of his official visit to France on April 16 and 17, and on the eve of his unpublished address to the National Assembly, the Canadian Prime Minister made a stop-over at the St. Guillaume to send a message to the youth and answer the questions of the students. “I think about my father who was here in 1946, 1947 or 1948 … It is not very clear, amused the politician in introduction. He had a very good year in Paris but he left without a diploma! Every time we came back with a bad ballot, that did not stop him from saying, ‘You’ll never go to Harvard like me, or Sciences Po, like me …’ ” ATTACHE TA TUQUE >> Canada Beyond Clichés: Receive Our Free Newsletter Every Week by registering here With the style that characterizes him – your relaxed, shirt sleeves rolled up – the Canadian leader, who particularly appreciates these dialogues with the youth, began by drawing a rather dark statement of the international context and the “threats” which weigh on the democracy . “There are countries that are retreating – we think of Venezuela, for example – but even in our countries, which are solid democracies, we see authoritarian, populist, very nationalist tendencies,” he insisted. We are in a moment of transition that generates a lot of anxiety, that perhaps future generations will not have the same opportunities as previous generations People are less and less confident in institutions and there is a lot of cynicism.This anxiety becomes a subject for the political parties: the extreme right is based on fear, the extreme left on anger … (…) Your responsibility as citizens, as students is to actively reflect on the mistakes of the past and the world that we are building together, to bring together all those who are not fortunate enough to be here. all the citizens of p articulate to the world in which we live that we will be able to protect democracy. ” “Make compromises to move forward” What encourage students to ask all kinds of questions, including those who are angry … For example the project for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which is controversial in recent days across the Atlantic – despite the opposition of environmental associations and the fears of the government of British Columbia , Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his support for the expansion of this pipeline, which is to transport tar sands from the Alberta . “For me and for many Canadians, the way forward is not to make a choice between economy and environment, it is to deal with both at the same time, the Prime Minister justified. does a lot of things that go in the right direction on the environment, but we know that during the transition we will depend on oil again and we have to transport it in a responsible way. is not a very safe way to transport oil, and people understand that compromise must be made to move forward. ” Questioned by a young refugee about migration policies and the reception of migrants, Justin Trudeau reminded that “Canada is not a magical place, we have the same debates as elsewhere in the world on refugees, on fear But over the years, we have seen how good it is to bring people from elsewhere, in a generous but rigorous way, to our country, creating stronger, more resilient communities, job opportunities, economic growth, openness to the world, recognizing that diversity is a strength and that a generous, open but rigorous system of accepting people and helping them to integrate is something that has always been a success in Canada and we’re going continue to do it . ” Applause and selfies Trudeau, who has proudly defined herself as “feminist” (“I hesitated a long time to claim it but I think it takes two things to say feminist: recognize that women and men can be equal and that there is still a lot of work to be done “) was also challenged by a student on the conflict of universities in France. “The committed students would greatly appreciate the support of the Canadian Prime Minister …”, the young man tried. “I do not want to interfere in local politics,” said the head of government, “but that students, whatever the subject, is a good thing, and that should make society and politicians on a different way of doing things to reassure young people. ” After being offered the reproduction of the cover page of his father’s file, Justin Trudeau left the room under applause, not without lending, all smiles, the game of selfies with an audience visibly in love. “It was very interesting and inspiring, it changes the usual political bluff,” enthuses Benjamin, in his first year at Sciences Po. “He is a personality who likes to debate and he has directed his speech towards us. I think he played well, he found the right balance. ” “I am very proud of my Prime Minister,” says Vincent, a young Montreal student studying at Concordia and in exchange for six months. To see a Canadian politician take a stand against the hard right and the extreme right is good. We are once again a force. And France and Canada have never been so close. ” Did you like this article? >> Find every week Canada in all its states with the newsletter ATTACHE TA TUQUE