Canada column for Sunday, Jan. 15/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t be attending the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 20, deciding instead to “re-engage” with Canadians.
Trudeau is in the midst of a cross-country tour and also won’t go to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
In his second year in office, Trudeau is making a campaign-style tour to meet with “average Canadians” across the country.
The tour started Thursday in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and visited cities including Belleville, Kingston and Peterborough before arriving in London, Ontario.
Over the next few weeks, he will visit Quebec, British Columbia and Prairie provinces followed by Atlantic Canada and the North.
Trudeau will meet with his cabinet for two days in Calgary before parliament resumes on Jan. 30.
The at-home tour is a priority, said press secretary Cameron Ahmad, adding that will “provide many great opportunities to engage directly with Canadians.”