Justin Trudeau does the right thing

I see, on BNN Bloomberg, that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected Donald Trump’s latest proposal to readmit Russia to the G7, stoking old divisions between the American president and the rest of the group … [and] … Trump was to host the G7 summit later this month but postponed it to the fall because of the mass protests rocking the United States. He also mused that he would like to see Russia, India, South Korea and Australia added to what he calls a “very outdated” group of countries.

Good! Russia does not belong in any respectable international group that purports to represent Canada’s values.

I agree with President Trump that the G-7 is outdated. Adding India, South Korea and Australia, as British Prime Minister Johnson proposed for this D-10, makes sense, but I fear that there will be a tendency to go the route of the OECD and to admit more and more countries that are less and less democratic.

Of the 16 nations with Trillion-Dollar economies, I would say that only 12 (the USA, Japan, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Spain and Mexico) can be described as stable democracies with which Canada should make common cause. There are a few other countries with large economies and high per capita GDPs  ~ the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Norway, Isreal, Ireland, Denmark, Singapore and New Zealand, for example ~ that could be in any group of countries with which the G7 or a G-10 could cooperate on any range of issues.

Russia is not on any list of respectable countries, nor is China.

I don’t understand why President Trump thinks President Putin is worth his time. In this case, I hope he listens to Prime Minister Trudeau. If Trump invites Putin to sit in on the (eventual) G7 meeting then Canada should refuse to attend.

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