Ottawa (AFP) – Canada’s Economic Summit to be hosted in Ottawa on Tuesday is expected to focus on the economic situation in the province of Quebec, as well as the federal government’s response to the wave of violence in the country.
“The prime minister is in New York to discuss economic challenges facing the country, as a prime minister who is also the head of government,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
“We are committed to meeting those challenges together, and we look forward to sharing the results of our discussions in New Yorkers.”
Trudeau is expected later this month to visit the U.S. for talks on trade, defence and other matters, the premier said.
The summit will take place at the annual meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the world’s biggest economic forum.
Trudeau will deliver a keynote address, according to his office, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Oddsmakers are predicting that the economic summit, due to be attended by around 200 business leaders and executives, will be a major turning point for the Liberal government, which was elected in October.
“It’s not only a positive, but it’s also a powerful message to Canada’s economic future,” said Jim Gagliano, chief economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning think tank.
“They are putting the Canadian economy on the map, they are sending a message that they are committed not just to the economy, but to the prosperity of the country.”
Opinion polls show that support for the Liberals in Quebec is rising, while opinion polls also show support for Canada’s governing Conservatives and the NDP are at record lows.
The polls are also showing that Quebecers are more concerned about the economy than they were during the previous federal election, when they were more supportive of Trudeau than the Conservatives.
On Sunday, the Conservative Party said it would withdraw support from the Liberal Party and the Progressive Conservative Party over their “anti-trade” policies, but that they would continue to work with the Liberals on “a range of issues”.
“It is important to note that we are proud of the accomplishments of the Liberals and the Conservatives,” Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose said at a news conference on Sunday.
“We are proud that our members have done great things to protect the economy and jobs in the economy.”
The economic summit is also expected to address the rising wave of unrest in Quebec, including a string of attacks that have left two people dead and dozens injured in recent days.
On Monday, Quebec’s provincial premier, Alexandre Cloutier, said the province would continue its investigation into the killings and violence, adding that the province was looking into how the violence was organized and planned.
The federal government has blamed Quebec’s unrest on “anti tots” and said that a “terrorist attack” was planned to be carried out in Montreal and that Quebec police are investigating the alleged plot.
Trudeau, who was re-elected in October, is expected in New Yorker City on Tuesday to address a gathering of business leaders, business leaders’ association representatives and representatives from international corporations.