New York: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced tough questions about his government’s cuts to foreign aid spending Thursday at a star-spangled conference, which was aimed at showcasing his credentials as an international agent of change.

Trudeau participated in the annual summit of Global Citizen Now. There, moderator Lisa LaFlamme persistently grilled PM Trudeau over Liberal government’s latest federal budget, which reflects an overall reduction in development spending of around 15 per cent.

Trudeau was in New York to make Canada a partner of the United States in terms of minerals and to open up new avenues of investment.

Earlier, former diplomat Louis Blaise, who is now senior advisor to the Business Council of Canada, says it’s time to work out a complete plan to get these minerals out of the ground.

Trudeau hopes the US will readily agree to invest in the region. It is worth mentioning that experts also believe that due to the visit of US President Joe Biden to Canada last month, the wind direction on this side is also looking positive.

Meanwhile, Trudeau also met with the UN Task Force on Development and hold talks with the think tank of the Influential Council on Foreign Relations.

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