Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

'Life on earth before profit': G7 protesters, in their own words

'Life on earth before profit': G7 protesters, in their own words

President Trump told global leaders gathered at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec that they must reduce trade barriers and floated the idea of lowering tariffs completely if other countries agreed to a more pure form of open trade.

Trump fired back, going after Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and accusing Brussels and Ottawa of "totally unfair" tariffs and trade barriers, which hurt American farmers, workers and companies.

"The goal of the G's - whether the G7 or the G20 - is to essentially give the pertinent ministers and the leaders the opportunity to deal with issues of this kind and hopefully prevent issues of this kind", explained Martin, who served as Canada's prime minister from 2003 to 2006, and as the country's finance minister from 1993 to 2002. We have to change it.

Taking to Twitter, Trudeau also thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for meeting with him on Friday for the progress, the two leaders made on Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and G7 summit.

Canada and Mexico, the other members of NAFTA, have been frustrated by what they see as unacceptable USA demands in slow-moving talks to modernize the deal.

"In a country like Canada, I find it extremely important that people are able to express their agreement or disagreement with politics, individuals, their concerns", Trudeau said.

The mostly peaceful demonstrations in Quebec City on Thursday saw thousands of protesters took to the streets, with a heavy police presence deployed in the area ahead of the summit.

Officials concede the mood is likely to be exceptionally tense. The lunch was attended by the heads of state of Germany, Canada, the US, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, as well as by European Council head Donald Tusk and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Efe reported.

Trudeau has also forcefully criticized the tariffs, imposed under the pretext of USA national security concerns, and hoped "that at some point. common sense will prevail", he told reporters at a May 31 news conference with Freeland shortly after the US tariffs were announced.

The White House subsequently announced the president would leave on Saturday, before the summit formally ends, to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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