Politics Trudeau turned down visit to Washington to celebrate new trade agreement: report
Trudeau Apologizes for Role in Student Grants Controversy
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for his role in approving a contract to a charity with deep ties to his family. © Bloomberg Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, speaks during a news conference outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Canada will co-chair an international panel with the United Nations and Jamaica to discuss how to shield developing countries from the coronavirus pandemic.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined a White House invitation to commemorate in Washington the trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, citing scheduling conflicts.
President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are set to meet in Washington Wednesday to commemorate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) taking effect, but Trudeau will not be present, The Associated Press.
"While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament," spokesperson Chantal Gagnon said, although she said the agreement, which took effect July 1, "is good for Canada, the United States and Mexico. It will help ensure that North America emerges stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic."
Canada charity no longer running grant program after critics question Trudeau ties
Canada charity no longer running grant program after critics question Trudeau tiesTrudeau announced on July 25 that WE Charity Canada would administer the program, which will provide up to C$5,000 to post-secondary students who do volunteer work. The program was introduced because the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult or impossible for many students to get summer jobs.
Trudeau has been conducting all cabinet meetings through video chats during the coronavirus pandemic, during which he himself at one point was quarantined after his wife tested positive.
A senior White House official told the AP Trudeau would not have been able to be in Canada for the start of Parliament after traveling to Washington due to Canadian regulations that require all Canadians returning from abroad to quarantine for 14 days once they return to Canada.
Trudeau has asked to speak to Trump by phone instead, with López Obrador also saying he will speak to the prime minister by phone, according to the AP.
The prime minister previously said at a Friday press conference near Ottawa that he would likely skip the meeting, citing both the ongoing pandemic and tariff threats from the U.S.
"We're obviously concerned about the proposed issue of tariffs on aluminum and steel that the Americans have floated recently. We're also concerned about the health situation and the coronavirus reality that is still hitting all three of our countries," Trudeau said Friday.
NFLPA recommends canceling all 2020 preseason games .
Of course, the NFL has full authority over whether to schedule preseason games or not, and it’s unclear whether the league will consider the union’s recommendation. As Breer points out, teams would lose out on gate revenue — if fans are allowed in stands, which is a dubious proposition — and local TV money. Plus, the NFL Network usually sees its highest ratings in August, so cancelling the preseason slate altogether would be a tough pill to swallow.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools.