Prime Minister Trudeau answers questions from students at American University in Washington, D.C.

By on March 12, 2016


PM Justin Trudeau lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice before heading to the American University to host a question and answer session with students. (Photo by Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office)
PM Justin Trudeau lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice before heading to the American University to host a question and answer session with students. (Photo by Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office)

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today engaged with students from American University in Washington, D.C. in a question and answer session which touched on many topics, including First Nations’ issues, Canada’s role in the fight against ISIL, and his commitment to gender parity. Several students asked questions on diversity. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to underline Canada’s commitment on this matter, noting reasonable, respectful, discussion is key to democracy.

Students were enthusiastic about Canada’s role in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, in particular the decision to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. They were equally impressed with the choice made to bring gender parity to the federal Cabinet.

When asked about climate change, PM Trudeau said that he saw a role for North America to not only work together to fight climate change, but be an example for the rest of the world. He stressed that collaboration with NAFTA partners is an important part of this. The Prime Minister also noted that science is essential to developing solutions and innovations.

“Our two countries share a vision of a strong and sustainable North American economy. One built on collaboration, clean growth, and economic diversification. Our partnership is vital to the success of both our countries. I’ll leave this visit very encouraged and extremely confident about the future of our nations,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.