Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau talks bud­gets, Syr­ian refugees, and pro­mot­ing Brand Canada

Bloomberg News Ottawa correspond­ent Josh Win­grove talked with Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau about sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing his coun­try’s econ­omy and its role in the world.

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Pres­i­dent Trump?

My ap­proach to pol­i­tics is I work across all party lines. I don’t pick and choose ide­olo­gies. I’ll work with whomever the Amer­i­cans

send to the White House.

Bal­anced bud­gets

It’s a means to an end. Don’t make it the be-all and end-all, be­cause you may be miss­ing out on op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow your econ­omy, to help cit­i­zens pros­per.

Tak­ing in Syr­ian refugees

What’s go­ing to be more pow­er­ful is when a year from now, or two years from now, sto­ries start go­ing around the world about how ex­traor­di­nar­ily pro­duc­tive and suc­cess­ful [they are].

In­fra­struc­ture

Op­ti­mistic, con­fi­dent coun­tries should be will­ing to in­vest in their fu­ture. ... The fact that we’re al­ready that much in the hole in deficit is not a rea­son not to do the in­vest­ment. It’s even more of a rea­son we need to be in­vest­ing in­tel­li­gently.

The U.S. and Canada

The bet­ter we can get along, the bet­ter we can work to­gether on shared pri­or­i­ties, the bet­ter we can agree to dis­agree on things that don’t work, the bet­ter it will be for both sides.

Made in Canada

One of the big things I’m try­ing to pro­mote is the Cana­dian brand. If some­thing is made in Canada, what are the at­tributes that you’d at­tach to it? I’d like that to be that it’s done re­spon­si­bly, it’s en­vi­ron­men­tally sound, it’s done with qual­ity in mind, it’s done in an in­no­va­tive, re­spect­ful way.

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