Trudeau started his day Tuesday at the Bloomberg Global Forum, where he shared the stage with the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde; the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; Larry Fink, the CEO of Blackrock USA; and Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group.
There, he spoke of the importance of progressive trade deals. He highlighted Canada's free trade agreement with Chile, which he said was the first agreement among G7 nations to include a gender section. He also stated that the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) that comes into effect Thursday between Canada and the European Union was in "real trouble" when the Liberals took office.
His government, Trudeau said, had worked hard to make it more progressive, by making changes to the mechanism to resolve investor-state disputes and emphasizing labour, gender and environmental standards.