Debating the place of the monarchy is not a priority for Justin Trudeau | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Debating the place of the monarchy is not a priority for Justin Trudeau | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Justin Trudeau meets the media after his interview with the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss.

Justin Trudeau does not intend to debate the place of the monarchy in the Canadian political system, since the latter is of “remarkable stability” and that it is an asset in an era “of great transformations”.

Energy transition, an international world profoundly changed by the invasion of Ukraine and the rising cost of living: these are the big issues Justin Trudeau says he wants to address , interviewed by Radio-Canada.

“We are in such a complex and complicated moment, to make such a profound change in a system that is among the best, most stable in the world, for me, now, that's not a good idea.

—Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Bloc Québécois reaffirms its desire to sever ties with the British monarchy, while the New Democratic Party (NDP) says it is open to discussing the issue.

Not everyone thinks it's the best possible system, admits Justin Trudeau.

The Prime Minister does not believe, however, that it is relevant to relaunch the debate, since it is such a system that works, at a time when we see our democratic institutions and our democracies around the world are crumbling a little bit.

For me, it's not a priority. It's not even something I plan to debate, says Mr. Trudeau about the future of the monarchy in Canada. We have lived through constitutional debates. Changing our system of government at any time is difficult.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire confided in our special correspondent in London Madeleine Blais-Morin on the importance of Queen Elizabeth II, but also on the relevance of the British monarchy in the Canadian political system.

Canadian Prime Minister believes Charles III will have a symbolic role to play in the process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, despite limited political power.

Symbols are important and the fact that he is willing to engage with these issues, not just in Canada, but elsewhere in the Commonwealth where these ideas of Indigenous rights are increasingly important on many levels, [shows] that he has an important role to play.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with King Charles III, Saturday, in London.

Charles' visit to Canada a few months ago, when he was a prince, represents a first step in the process, he says: He spent a lot of time listening, engaging with indigenous peoples to hear their perspective, to understand the challenges of reconciliation.

The delegation of Canadian dignitaries arrived in London on Friday evening to attend the funeral of Elizabeth II, which will take place on Monday morning. Justin Trudeau gathered in front of the Queen's coffin on Saturday, before a first private meeting with King Charles III.

In an interview, he stresses that he will remain marked by the Elizabeth II's deeply interested and engaged approach.

She obviously had a perspective that spanned 70 years as Queen, so her way of thinking about issues, the questions she asked helped me in my own thinking about global issues, and even how we can best serve people. as elected.

The Canadian Prime Minister meditates while passing in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II who rests in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London.

In this regard, he cites the Queen's questions about disinformation in the context of the war in Ukraine, which helped him in his own reflection.

For his part, Canada's first lady, Sophie Grégoire, was marked by the deep listening of Queen Elizabeth II.

I met her once or twice, but I I still felt a great humanity, a woman who has seen a lot of it over the years and who was still evolving in a world dominated by men in power, she adds.

“She cared about the world and wanted to make a difference in her role as much as possible. »

— Sophie Grégoire, wife of Justin Trudeau

The First Lady of Canada believes that the Queen's sympathy capital is real and unique, and that we must let time for the new sovereign to leave his mark.

With information from Madeleine Blais-Morin

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