Canada's Trudeau mending fences with Trump as election fight looms

Reuters | June 19, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will seek to further mend fences when he meets Donald Trump in Washington this week, a year after the U.S. president stormed out of a G7 meeting calling Trudeau very dishonest and weak. Trudeau had angered Trump at the time with his response to a question about the tariffs Washington slapped on Canadian steel and aluminum. Canadians are polite and reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around, he said. For Trudeau, Thursday’s meeting with Trump still has risks about four months before a Canadian national election. Trump is deeply unpopular in Canada, especially among supporters of Trudeau’s Liberal Party, and notoriously unpredictable.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County's transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years. "We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work," Preckwinkle said. "With more than half of the metropolitan region's population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County's transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth." Called "Connecting Cook County," the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County's last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today's Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040. Preckwinkle named a 17-member Advisory Committee composed of business leaders, along with representatives from civic groups, local governments, and economic development organizations, to give a broad voice to the various interests groups and their concerns. She also named a 15-member Program Committee of transportation professionals and specialists who will bring their specific areas of expertise to the table.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County's transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years. "We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work," Preckwinkle said. "With more than half of the metropolitan region's population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County's transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth." Called "Connecting Cook County," the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County's last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today's Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040. Preckwinkle named a 17-member Advisory Committee composed of business leaders, along with representatives from civic groups, local governments, and economic development organizations, to give a broad voice to the various interests groups and their concerns. She also named a 15-member Program Committee of transportation professionals and specialists who will bring their specific areas of expertise to the table.

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CGI | February 11, 2021

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Workday | August 19, 2021

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