Queen re­ceives Canada 150 flag

Flag flew over Peace Tower dur­ing na­tion’s birth­day on July 1

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MIA RABSON

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau marked Canada’s 150th birth­day with the Queen by giv­ing her the Cana­dian flag that flew on the Peace Tower on Canada Day.

On a day­long stop in Ed­in­burgh Wed­nes­day, Trudeau met with Queen El­iz­a­beth for a pri­vate au­di­ence at the Palace of Holy­rood­house, her of­fi­cial Scot­tish res­i­dence, where he pre­sented her with the Maple Leaf raised Satur­day.

“It was as it of­ten is, as it al­ways is, a warm and en­gaged con­ver­sa­tion in which she dis­played knowl­edge and in­ter­est in a wide range of global af­fairs and go­ings on in Canada,” Trudeau said in a brief state­ment fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

The meet­ing was ar­ranged to mark Canada’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial since the Queen, 91, is no longer able to travel as far as Canada; Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall had at­tended Canada Day events in her place.

Trudeau’s con­ver­sa­tion with the Queen be­gan with a chat about the fact the prime min­is­ter had re­ceived an hon­orary doc­tor­ate from the Uni­ver­sity of Ed­in­burgh ear­lier in the day. The uni­ver­sity said he was rec­og­nized for his com­mit­ment to equal­ity and di­ver­sity.

“Prob­a­bly dis­mays a num­ber of my for­mer pro­fes­sor to see me as a doc­tor now,” Trudeau said as they walked to­gether to­ward a sit­ting area.

The Queen said his get­ting the de­gree was “lovely.”

While Trudeau was in­side the palace, a small num­ber of pro­test­ers ap­proached the gates hold­ing plac­ards call­ing for an end to the “tar sands” and to grant In­dige­nous rights.

It was but a tiny taste of what is to come for Trudeau at the G20 sum­mit in Ger­many where tens of thou­sands of anti-glob­al­iza­tion pro­test­ers have al­ready started to de­scend on the north­ern port city of Ham­burg. As many as 20,000 po­lice have been com­mis­sioned to safe­guard the event from pro­test­ers call­ing their demon­stra­tion “Wel­come to Hell — Don’t Let Cap­i­tal­ism Get You Down.”

One of the stated goals of the pro­test­ers is to block the roads lead­ing into the site, given there are lim­ited ways in and out.

Fire­works are also ex­pected in­side the meet­ing as the heads of 20 of the word’s largest economies clash over trade, cli­mate change and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

For Trudeau, and host Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, it is the Paris cli­mate change agree­ment they want as job one.

Merkel has been work­ing steadily to try and iso­late Trump for his de­ci­sion to with­draw from the agree­ment, which com­mits coun­tries to cut­ting their emis­sions in an at­tempt to keep global warm­ing to within two de­grees com­pared to pre-in­dus­trial lev­els.

An­drew Light, a se­nior fel­low at the World Re­sources In­sti­tute and mem­ber of the cli­mate change ne­go­ti­a­tion team un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, said the hope is that the U.S. is the only one at the G20 that won’t sign the cli­mate change sec­tion of the com­mu­nique.

But, he said there is fear coun­tries such as Rus­sia and Saudi Ara­bia will use the U.S. back­ing away to re­duce their own com­mit­ments in ar­eas such as in­ter­na­tional cli­mate fi­nance, or com­mit­ments to stop fund­ing coal de­vel­op­ment in other coun­tries.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Cather­ine McKenna told re­porters this week Canada is stand­ing firm on Paris and push­ing all other coun­tries at the G20 sum­mit to do so to.


Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau meets Queen El­iz­a­beth at Holy­rood Palace, her of­fi­cial res­i­dence, in Ed­in­burgh on Wed­nes­day.

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