Canadian PM Trudeau to miss CARICOM meeting

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will no longer attend a two-day Caricom summit in Barbados scheduled to start Monday (Feb 17).

Trudeau had intended to use the trip to solicit support from Caribbean states for Canada to get a seat on the UN Security Council. Instead his Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Phillipe Champagne will assume that responsibility.

The reason behind the change is that there is a major protest taking place in Canada by persons opposing the proposed plan of a LNG pipeline that is to run through the lands of indigenous peoples in northern British Columbia.

The prime minister will now take an active role in trying to diffuse the situation, which has resulted in rail service being disrupted as at February 7 and leading to challenges in the movement of goods and services.