Sep 08, 2022
By Jane Brown
Justin Trudeau has told his federal cabinet ministers he’s sticking around to fight in the next election.
According to various reports, the prime minister addressed speculation about his political future behind closed doors Wednesday during a 3 day cabinet retreat in Vancouver.
Just ahead of Wednesday’s session, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland tried to dismiss questions about her plans to leave politics to run for an international position, possibly as NATO secretary general.
She did not flatly say no, but Freeland said for now, as finance minister and deputy prime minister, she’s focused on getting Canadians through a challenging economic period.
“We are still dealing with the aftershocks of the COVID recession, we now have Putin’s invasion of Ukraine causing huge challenges for the global economy, principally Europe, but that has an impact on all of us, and Canada is not immune to these challenges,” Freeland explained.
The current NATO secretary general is Jens Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister.
His current term has been extended to the end of September 2023.