Explaining the Non-Meeting:: Trudeau's travels and his critics

Trudeau took some press criticism for spurning McGuigan’s advice, and proceeding with a “a Third World Trip,” rather than meet the President-elect, which some believed was indicative that the Prime Minister’s priorities lay with the Global South and not Canada-United States relations. This House Note prepared by the Department of External Affairs directs Trudeau and McGuigan on how to respond to anticipated questions in the House of Commons.

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House Note “The Reason Why the Prime Minister was Unable to Meet with Ronald Reagan January 9,” January 11, 1981, Library and Archives Canada, RG 25, vol. 28698, file 20-1-2-USA pt 61.