(Mike Blanchfield – Canadian Press)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s whirlwind visit to Ottawa this weekend offered the Liberal government a rare chance to trumpet a strong international alliance in the face of unyielding strain with its two top trading partners.
But a gaffe by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – referring twice to strong ties between Canada and China, not Japan – affixed a jarring asterisk to an otherwise warm and upbeat meeting between two allies facing the same common threats and challenges.
Trudeau kicked off a Sunday morning photo-op in his Parliament Hill office noting 90 years of diplomatic relations between “Canada and China,” but immediately corrected himself to Japan. Later, in his opening remarks at a joint press conference, Trudeau said: “I am very, very glad that you were able to make such time for the tremendous friendship that we celebrate every day between Canada and China. Thank you, Shinzo.” Click here to read more.