Canada’s Trudeau wants to serve ‘several more years’, rules out vaccine passports By Reuters

By Amran Abocar and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, giving an unusual insight into his future plans, said he wanted to serve Canadians for several more years and avoided saying who he thought should be successful. he. Trudeau, speaking at the Reuters Next conference, also said he was opposed to the idea of ​​forcing people to bring digital proof that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19. Trudeau’s ruling Liberals only have a minority in the House of Commons, which means he relies on the opposition to rule and can be toppled at any time. High-ranking liberals say they expect elections sometime this year, with some privately questioning how long he might want to stay in power. Trudeau, 49, has three school-age children. He first took office as prime minister in November 2015 and has at times seemed weary amid the relentless COVID-19 crisis. He admitted that dealing with the pandemic had been difficult, but made it clear that he had no plans to leave soon. “I still have a lot to do in terms of serving this country, so I look forward to a few more years of service to Canadians,” he said in an interview broadcast Thursday. The comments were the clearest signal he has given that his political ambitions are far from being exhausted. Trudeau came to power promising to focus on causes like feminism and the environment. But he quickly found himself having to grapple with issues like how to handle US President Donald Trump and then the pandemic. She has come to rely heavily on Chrystia Freeland, a close ally, who now holds the positions of both finance minister and deputy prime minister. Liberal insiders say this would give him an edge in a future leadership race. When asked if Freeland could one day become a Liberal leader, Trudeau replied, “My responsibility is to bring around the best possible team to serve Canadians … I will not speculate on what might happen in the future.” The Liberal government has spent more than C $ 200 billion in direct aid to help people and businesses survive the pandemic and Trudeau reiterated that Ottawa planned to spend another C $ 100 billion in the coming years to start an economic recovery. . But he made it clear that he was opposed to a vaccine passport for people who had received vaccinations, an idea that was already developing in Denmark, and said it was fraught with challenges. “I think the signs that the vast majority of Canadians are looking to get vaccinated will get us in a good place without having to take more extreme measures that could have real divisive impacts on the community and the country,” he said. For more information on the Reuters Next conference, click here or http://www.reuters.com/business/reuters-next. To watch Reuters Next live, visit https://www.reutersevents.com/events/next/register. php

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