WASHINGTON — The first congratulations from fellow world leaders have rolled in for Canada’s next prime minister.
The leaders of Italy and India have sent laudatory messages to Justin Trudeau, as did a number of left-leaning American critics of the now-defeated Conservative government.
Italy’s Matteo Renzi has sent a message over Twitter telling Trudeau he is looking forward to making the bonds between the two countries even stronger.
India’s Narendra Modi tweets he has fond memories of his visit to Canada this past April and meeting Trudeau and his daughter.
In Washington, the White House hasn’t commented on the election yet.
But several political operatives close to President Barack Obama made their feelings clear in the days leading up to the election, wishing Trudeau luck.
One persistent critic of Conservative climate-change policies expressed delight about a potential change in Canadian policy in time for next month’s climate talks: “I’m hopeful tonight’s election will put Canada back in a leadership position,” said former vice-president and presidential candidate Al Gore.
World media ran stories speculating on what a Trudeau win might mean. Most pieces invariably mentioned the father-son dynamic, in Canada’s first multi-generational prime ministerial dynasty.
The Associated Press informed readers worldwide about the Richard Nixon prophecy — a toast at a state dinner in 1972, when Trudeau was a few months old, that the child would become prime minister someday.
The BBC listed seven things Trudeau believes. Making the list: possibly ending Canada’s air attacks in Iraq, closer relations with Obama, more refugees from Syria, fighting climate change, better relations with Iran, marijuana legalization, and an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Time magazine’s website mentioned Trudeau’s promise to reform the voting system.
The Guardian explained that while he’s a prime minister’s son, Trudeau took a “circuitous” path to power — fighting for his nomination in the Papineau riding and then climbing back from third place in national polls.
The Canadian Press