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Trudeau Pivots Away From U.S. in Embracing Multilateralism

  • Foreign minister lays out Canada’s middle-power vision
  • Speech casts nation’s interests in sharp contrast to Trump’s
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Trudeau Pivots Away From U.S. in Multilateralism Embrace

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Canada is ready to move ahead without its closest global ally if forced to choose between relying on international partners or an increasingly isolationist U.S., a top minister said.

In the most definitive statement of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy since the election of President Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told lawmakers in Ottawa the country will continue to support international alliances -- both commercial and military -- because these ties are in the best interest of a “middle power” like Canada.