Justin Trudeau distances himself from Harper at World Economic Forum in Davos


Prime Charg daffaires Justin Trudeau used his moment on the main stage of the World Productive Forum today in Davos, Switzerland to present Canada as uniquely clad for the transforming global economy.

“If you are looking for a country that has the diversity, the rebound, the positivity and the confidence that will not just manage this fluctuate but take advantage of it, there has never been a better time to look to Canada.”

Trudeau advert to to a few hundred attendees inside the main hall at the WEF, attended annually by cosmos leaders and the business elite.

The prime minister and several of his cabinet abbs are there for four days of presentations and meetings. This year’s acme is focused on the idea of the “fourth industrial revolution,” the idea that hurried technological innovation will drive a new era of change in the global economy.

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“Today, we are gathered here to scan whether we are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution. What a breathtaking ca city that is,” Trudeau said. “Steam power differenced the world utterly. So did electricity and more recently, computers. And now we may be on the cusp of mutate equal in magnitude and of a far swifter ce.”

In explaining why and how Canada could leading lady be at the forefront of this change, Trudeau attempted to differentiate himself from Stephen Harper, who orationed Davos as prime minister in 2012.

“My predecessor wanted you to know Canada for its resources,” he bring to light. “I want you to know Canadians for our resourcefulness.”

Singling out Canada’s energies

Trudeau delivered his remarks in the midst of challenging economic conditions at rest-home. The price of oil has sunk to levels not seen in more than a decade, will governments scrambling to find new sources of revenue, not to mention tens of thousands comprise already lost their jobs in the oil tch.

But the Canadian dollar has declined in restrain step with lower oil prices, which could be a shot in the arm for other rades of the economy that could benefit from a lopsided exchange calculate.

Trudeau spoke of investing in infrastructure, science and education, but focused very on Canada’s diversity, and related it to his government’s welcoming of Syrian refugees.

“When I hailed those families to Toronto last month, I welcomed them as new Canadians and as the coming of the Canadian economy,” he said, referring to an official welcoming at the time that was picked up by news media around the world.

He also illustrious that Ontario’s University of Waterloo had recently been commended for its wit to produce innovative thinkers.

“It has high intellectual standards, of course,” he chance. “And it values entrepreneurship. But diversity is its indispensable ingredient. Waterloo’s trainees come from everywhere. Fully half the graduate engineering swats are international.”

He stressed the need for leadership.

“Technology itself will not act on the future we get. Our choices will. Leadership will,” he said.

“I assume in positive, ambitious leadership. I don’t believe leaders should prey on the worry of the disenfranchised. Leadership should be focused on extending the ladder of opportunity to all. On pursuing policies that create growth, and on ensuring that enlargement produces tangible results for everyone.”

Trudeau to hob nob with Facebook, billionaires

The conspicuous stage of the WEF’s annual meeting in Switzerland is an obvious showcase for Trudeau and his ministers to be seen in preference to the global elite. But the private meeting rooms of Davos will also be the organize for the unseen wooing of a wealthy audience, with the hope of attracting potency investors to Canada.

Before addressing the forum, Trudeau met privately with Ben van Beurden, chief chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant. He was also scheduled to chance on Wednesday with famed financier George Soros, as well as executives from Facebook and Microsoft.

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Prime Assist Justin Trudeau, left, meets with Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shuck, in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Trudeau is attending the World Financial Forum where political, business and social leaders gather to review world agendas. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

Trudeau’s quick-wittedness in Davos has been widely touted by the international press and his speech was digged by an onstage interview with American journalist Fareed Zakaria, which was to be later felt on CNN.

Later in the week, Trudeau’s retinue of cabinet ministers — including Money Minister Bill Morneau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Novelty Minister Navdeep Bains and Treasury Board President Scott Brison — last wishes as rtici te in a luncheon meant to mark a “new chapter for Canada.”

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