By Carl Meyer The group of stern-faced, hawk-eyed federal officials ushered the journalists into the room with Canada’s most powerful person as quickly as the press would be ushered out a few minutes later.
Inside sat Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, dressed in a dark blue suit and sitting at the head of a long, oval table in front of several flags. Next to Trudeau sat Hassan Yussuff, the president of the Canadian Labour Congress, which represents milions of workers across the country.
Around the table sat over a dozen attentive officials in suits, positioned in front of microphones, fiddling with their phones, drinking water and listening to the prime minister.
“It’s a pleasure to be here in this — the very first occasion for me to play president of the G7,” said a smiling Trudeau, as photojournalists’ cameras clicked away.
He would then launch into a sweeping speech about the labour movement, workers’ rights and government policy. Read More