Let the collective fangirling begin. Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister and progressive political rockstar is in Buenos Aires in what is his first official visit to the country. If you are still reading this article instead of having sprinted out of the office, leaving a you-shaped hole in the wall, here’s the layout on what Trudeau will be doing during his day and a half stay in Argentina so you can
stalk him keep up with the different events of the state visit.
Trudeau will then make his way to the Casa Rosada to hold a bilateral meeting with President Mauricio Macri. The main conversation points haven’t been disclosed but the Canadian head of state probably has the intention to push for an increase in his country’s participation in mining activity in Argentina.
“There are strong Canadian mining and commercial interests here, but no major contracts or disputes needing to be won or settled.” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.
After all, even though Trudeau is arguably the finest poster child liberals could ask for, he is also the Prime Minister of Canada: he knows the country needs the money that comes from the mining sector.
President Macri will meet up with his counterpart at night for a state dinner in the Olivos presidential residence. Menu hasn’t been disclosed yet. Trudeau’s jam-packed agenda will resume tomorrow with a visit to Remembrance park to honor the victims of state terrorism during the last dictatorship alongside Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj.
Human right organization Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo were invited to the event, but has not confirmed whether organization’s head, Estela De Carlotto will attend. Carlotto decided to partake in the now almost standard ceremony earlier this year when she joined French Prime Minister François Holland, but refused to do so with United States President Barack Obama due to his country’s involvement during the dictatorship.
Before heading to Peru to participate in the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum, Trudeau will end his stay in Argentina with a lunch in the Argentine-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, where mining companies operating in the country will sign an agreement to abide by Canadian standards of production and environmental protection, Clarín reports. It will be a delicate balancing act for the prime minister, as Barrick Gold, the Canadian mining company, has an active case in the Argentine Supreme court in light of allegations that it is responsible for the cyanide spill affecting rivers in the San Juan Province.