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Optics not in Trudeau's favor ahead of G7 in Charlevoix, Que. (The Star)
June 5, 2018
The “blue economy.”
The terminology still hasn’t gained much traction in these parts, but if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has his way, an outreach session on the sustainable economic future of oceans and coastal lands scheduled as part of this weekend’s G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que., will change that.
Then there’s gender, a talking point consistently emphasized by Trudeau since before taking office. What great accomplishments can he claim on this front beyond the representation of women in cabinet?
Mayra Buvinic, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington as well as at Data2X, commends Trudeau for “taking the lead and showing the way.” And no question the G7 gathering is a high-profile forum. “Now we have the right rhetoric, but in order to put the rhetoric into practise, in order to advance things, measure progress, evaluate progress, know what kind of interventions, we need to scale up, we need resources,” Buvinic says.