LILLEY: Trudeau talks a lot on the world stage, but says nothing

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If Canada fell into the woods, would anyone on the international stage hear or notice?

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Despite Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party campaigning for “Canada’s back” when they first won in 2015, we’re anything but back.

Trudeau is now one of the leading leaders of the world summit he has attended for the past two weeks – Commonwealth, G7 and NATO – but acts and sounds like a youthful person. I’m not just talking about his jokes with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about whose plane is bigger or the comments about G7 leaders taking their shirts off to scare Putin, it’s when he asks serious questions that Trudeau is at his worst.

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy all made comments at the G7 about the need for oil and gas-producing countries to increase production to help European countries reduce their dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which are then used to fuel the war. to finance Ukraine.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said oil-producing countries have “an enormous responsibility given our collective dependence on them”. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said he wants to talk to Trudeau about Canada’s oil and gas production, while Germany hopes for a deal on liquefied natural gas.

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But when asked about all this, Trudeau spoke at length about the need to move to clean energy rather than the short- and medium-term role Canada can play in displacing Putin’s oil and gas.

“Canada has been a leader for a long time and will continue to ramp up, whether it be hydrogen, hydroelectric projects around the world, or clean energy investments, through the significant funding we provide for fighting climate change,” Trudeau said.

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Trudeau doesn’t see Canada’s role as helping our allies, helping the world with what it needs now – by providing products we have in abundance – he sees it as our role to continue lecturing them on moving away from fossil fuels and in his words: “going in the right direction.” Even the best forecasts show that the global economy will need oil and gas for decades to come, but Trudeau wants to stop now.

In March, a month after Putin’s invasion, the Trudeau administration announced an overall increase in Canadian production to 300,000 barrels per day by the end of 2022. This came at a time when Europe was exporting 2.3 million barrels per day. Russia imported.

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Italy has had to negotiate energy deals with Algeria, the Biden administration in Washington has moved to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela — two countries with no Canadian environmental standards — but Trudeau sees no impetus to help increase Canadian manufacturing or export capacity. He is willing to talk about a cap on what Russia can sell to bring the price down, but not help Canadian production increase to do the same.

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He is just as weak on defense.

While Trudeau is bragging about Canada’s contribution of up to 639 troops to Latvia as part of a NATO mission, we stand behind the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria. NATO is also calling on Canada because it spends less on defense every year, but Trudeau blows that over when asked.

“Canada is always part of NATO missions and continues to grow significantly. Canadians expect us to do that in a responsible and reflective way,” Trudeau said.

It’s a sentence that means nothing, like Canada’s contribution to the world stage under his leadership.

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