OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will push his spending and growth agenda when he meets leaders from the G20 and Asia-Pacific on his first trip abroad.
Trudeau departs on his first foreign trip on Friday when he travels to Turkey for the G20 leaders’ summit before moving on to the Philippines next week for the APEC summit.
Trudeau says he campaigned on the need to help the middle class by stimulating growth and he says that’s going to be the focus of his discussions with world leaders at both meetings.
During the federal campaign, Trudeau distinguished himself from his Conservative and NDP opponents by promising to run modest deficits to support an infrastructure program to stimulate growth.
Trudeau will meet leaders from around the globe, including U.S. President Barack Obama, during his first week of international travel.
The prime minister says a decision on when to withdraw fighter jets from the U.S.-led coalition bombing Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq is still days or weeks away and will be done in conjunction with allies.