Thursday 14 December 2017

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to visit Ireland next week

Unconventional: Justin Trudeau
Unconventional: Justin Trudeau
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to visit Ireland next week.

Mr Varadkar told the Dáil that Mr Trudeau will visit with his family on Tuesday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his admiration of the Canadian PM and it is believed he models himself on both Mr Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

It comes after former Taoseach Enda Kenny's visit to Canada last month.

Enda Kenny (l) with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP
Enda Kenny (l) with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP

Mr Trudeau has been lauded for his progressive politics and in 2015 created the first cabinet which had a 50:50 gender balance.

Mr Varadkar told the Dáil he is looking forward to Mr Trudeau's visit and "renewing the long-standing bonds of friendship that exist between Canada and Ireland".

He added: "I think we've a lot in common as countries given our committment to free-trade, our commitment to multi-lateralism and our commitment to personal freedom and liberty."

Mr Kenny's visit to Canada last month was one of his last as Taoiseach.

During the visit Mr Kenny spoke of the history of Irish emmigration to Canada and said it is "extraordinary" that 15pc of Canadians have Irish roots.

There was much comment on a pair of socks worn by Mr Trudeau during their meeting that depicted Star Wars robots C-3PO and R2-D2.

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau wearing Stars Wars-themed socks on May 4 (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau wearing Stars Wars-themed socks on May 4 (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

The meeting took place on May 4 a date adopted by Star Wars fans and known as 'May The Fourth Be With You'.

Mr Trudeau took to Twitter to comment on his fashion choice, and in a reference to a quote form the sci-fi movie wrote: "These are the socks you’re looking for. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou#GuerreDesÉtoiles."

A statement from the Taoiseach's office said that Mr Varadkar is looking forward to discussing global cooperation and "the great international issues of our times" with Mr Trudeau.

It said: "They share a commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and to open trade at global level".

The statement also noted the trade deal between the EU and Canada and said this "opens new trading and investment opportunities for Irish and Canadian enterprises, which the Taoiseach looks forward to exploring with the Prime Minister."

"The Taoiseach hopes the Prime Minister will also have the chance to experience at first hand Ireland’s vibrant and innovative enterprise environment and our rich sporting and cultural heritage," the statement added.

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