Axelrod didn’t waste time asking Trudeau how his political relationship has changed with the U.S. since the 2016 election, but Trudeau emphasized the relationship of the two countries surpasses any ideological differences.
“At the center of the relationship is the fact that our countries’ relationship is much bigger and deeper than the ideologies or perspectives of whomever happens to be prime minster of Canada and whomever is occupying the White House.”
Trudeau also spoke about the importance of young people getting involved in public service in the face of current political polarization, and said he finds hope in the next generation of political leaders.
“We have as a world right now, and as a society, an awful lot to learn from all of you. That idea of civil, intelligent rational discourse in politics is one that young people like you are demanding more than just about anyone else,” said Trudeau, addressing the students in the crowd. “And that, when we look at all the challenges we’re facing around the world, is the one thing that gives me more cause for hope then just about everything else.”
Since January 2013, the non-partisan institute has hosted more than 1,000 guests as a part of its speaker series, including Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Firouz Niazi, a first-year student in the College, has been involved with the Institute of Politics since arriving at UChicago. He was excited to hear Trudeau speak, and said he has appreciated the access to such impressive guests and opportunities thanks to the institute.
“The first quarter I went in for office hours with Laura Haims, former spokesperson for Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign,” Niazi said. “The IOP is doing really cool things, and I know for the next three years I’m going to be here I’ll have access to opportunities, and I don’t have to go looking for them.”