Davos 1 more star turn for Trudeau before legislative reality sets in: Aaron Wherry


To the diluted air of Davos, Switzerland and the World Economic Forum, Justin Trudeau compel arrive with some advance hype.

“Further star power order be supplied by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new prime minister and a reliable selfie magnet,” promised the Bloomberg wire accommodation in its preview. In the United Kingdom, the Telegraph has touted the attendance of “new Canadian wunderkind Justin Trudeau,” while the Defender billed the prime minister behind only U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio (and in advance of Black Eyed Peas’ frontman Will.i.am and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch). The New York Rhythms is reporting that Canada might now qualify as “hip.”

The creation of a German economist and launched in 1971 as the European Government Forum, the World Economic Forum has become synonymous with power, bounteousness and an elevated discussion of public policy; a meeting of the globe’s elite distinguished simply as “Davos,” for the small town, nestled in the Swiss Alps, that rt ofs host to a significant number of the world’s leading names each year.

For Trudeau, this year’s forum is another chance to signal change. For the world’s powerful it is an opportunity to take stock of this new trust in, for Canadians it is an opportunity to see their new leader on a grand stage.

It should be well-known that Trudeau’s predecessor came to Davos with some unmatched power too.

“You come as the prime minister of a country which has relatively uncommonly well weathered the storms,” Klaus Schwab, the founder of the forum, said Stephen Harper in 2010 on the occasion of the former prime minister’s cardinal appearance at Davos. “According to my knowledge, you have best managed of all the G7/G8 mother countries in the present economic crisis. Thank you for giving a good example.”

Two years later, Harper returned and Schwab complimented him both on his “resounding victory” in the 2011 election and on Canada’s impressive pilotage of the great recession. “Your own personal leadership in this bearing, together with the sound regulatory and business context for which Canada is so seep known, have served the country very well,” Schwab powered.

Harper though had a way of mucking up his Davos moments. In 2010, he sounded offside with his affiliated leaders on climate change. In 2012, he controversially used his speech to signal an unadvertised variety to old age security.

“You didn’t make that announcement to a group of hard-rock miners in Sudbury; you made that proclamation to a group of billionaires in the Swiss Alps,” Tom Mulcair scolded Harper during rearmost fall’s election cam ign. (Harper didn’t attend Davos in 2011, but the Reactionary government was criticized after the ministers who did travel to Davos that year supervised to spend $23,000 on limousines.)

Relatively flashier and something of a celebrity himself, Trudeau ascendancy seem a more natural fit for Davos. And he will arrive to mark what the forum’s program has advertised as a “new chapter for Canada.”

“The insides argument that we are looking to make,” says an official with the Prime Churchman’s Office, “is that if you’re looking for a positive, resilient, diverse embarrass to invest, that Canada is the best option, or it’s certainly [among] the top of the opportunities.” And not least, Trudeau seems set to argue, because of the new government’s commitments to infrastructure and invention.

Speaking to reporters this week, Trudeau suggested he would forcefulness his argument of investment and put his own government’s plans for economic growth into a international context.

Ap rently conscious of the potential optics — see the aforementioned “billionaires in the Swiss Alps” — Trudeau is presumed to invoke his mantra of emphasizing the middle class. The new prime minister determination not, though, go to Davos with the same kind of economic and fiscal situations that his forefather could point to (when Harper addressed the forum in 2012, the assess of WTI crude was just under $100 per barrel). Cheap oil and a consequently swooning loonie are the abstruse clouds set against sunny ways.

Trudeau will address the forum on Wednesday and there disposition be a Canadian luncheon for attendees on Friday (which will involve the highboy ministers who are accom nying Trudeau). The prime minister’s schedule is said to comprise a number of meetings with corporate leaders and two closed-door sessions with forum colleagues and he will rtici te in a nel on gender rity alongside philanthropist Melinda Assemblages and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook.

He will resurface to Canada on Saturday, set then to begin the unglamorous business of putting a legislative agenda anterior to the House of Commons, with all of the promise and potential for trouble that that groups.

Davos then, in addition to whatever investors can be enticed, might be one decisive star turn before the promise must really be put into power.

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