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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The cloud is changing the way government operates. It is enabling agencies to move away from traditional, on-premises IT models to a more modern, cloud-based approach. This shift is not only improving efficiency and reducing costs, but it is also helping agencies to better serve the public.

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Borqs | December 20, 2022

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