Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the left-of-center scion of a jet-set former prime minister, announced last week that he will not personally attend the inauguration of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. He will instead make a tour of western Canada, having also decided to forego the annual meeting of heads of state and international investors in Davos, Switzerland.
Trump will be inaugurated on January 20 in Washington DC, which is also preparing for massive demonstrations by leftists, Democrats, and progressives.
Subsequently, it was announced that Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway will not be going to Calgary, Alberta, to address the Alberta Prosperity Fund. She had been scheduled to speak at an event on January 12, and also tour the productive oil sands near Fort McMurray. The event has been planned since late November.
In a news release, the president of the political action committee, Barry McNamar, said that the “visit is just not possible at this time.” The event has been re-scheduled.
While there was no notice of the change on the Twitter pages for Trump or Conway, observers noted the coincidence of Trudeau’s rejection of Trump’s invitation with the postponement of Conway’s visit.
There are reports that representatives of Canada’s government have met with Trump’s transition team. Trudeau and his economics minister have both said that they anticipate cooperation with the U.S. in the petroleum sector.