Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that anti-establishment, isolationist populism like the movements surrounding President-elect Donald Trump and the Brexit vote is on the rise around the world, because globalization is working terribly for "ordinary people."
"What we're facing right now – in terms of the rise of populism and divisive and fearful narratives around the world – it's based around the fact that globalization doesn't seem to be working for the middle class, for ordinary people," Trudeau told The Guardian during an interview released Dec. 15. "And this is something that we identified years ago and built an entire platform and agenda for governing on."
Trudeau, a progressive liberal leader during a time when more and more political movements are trending in the opposite direction, said that Canada is "subject to the same kinds of tensions and forces that so much of the world is facing," despite some who say that the country "is a special place" that is immune from the same kinds of fears the rest of the world faces.
"You can have engaged global perspectives and growth that works for everyone," Trudeau said. "And if that growth works for the middle class, then that diffuses a lot of the uncertainty, the anger, the populism that is surfacing in different pockets of the world."
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The prime minister added that he intends to work with Trump and focus on what they have in common in order to maintain a friendly and productive relationship between the two countries.
"There are differences in the policies, the solutions for it, but I know that when we talk about making sure there are good jobs for the middle class, that is a place where we are going to be able to find agreement and alignment on," he explained.
He also said that he looks forward to leading the global effort to slow climate change, which he said was a "tremendous business opportunity" that Canada can capitalize on if the U.S. falls behind.
Trump has questioned on multiple occasions whether global warming is caused by human activity and has said that it is not a serious concern for him.
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"I'm still open-minded," Trump told "Fox News Sunday" on Dec. 11, when asked whether climate change is real, according to The Washington Post. "Nobody really knows. ... It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch."