International agencies tell Prime Minister not to let NAFTA turmoil derail G7 agenda
International agencies are telling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to allow the economic turmoil with the US to derail the agenda for the G7 summit.
Six groups are calling on Trudeau to push his fellow G7 leaders for a 1.3-billion-dollar (US) investment in girls' education over the next three years.
The coalition, which includes the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Vision, also wants Canada to inject 500-million dollars in new money towards the initiative.
Trudeau's carefully crafted G7 agenda is under considerable strain following President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on Canada, Mexico and Europe.
It fractured last weekend's meeting of G7 finance ministers and threatens to do the same when their leaders convene at the end of the week in Quebec's picturesque Charlevoix region.
One of Canada's overarching themes for the summit is improving gender equality for women and aid agencies are urging Trudeau to stick to the plan.
David Morley, president of UNICEF Canada, tells The Canadian Press that G7 is Canada's opportunity to turn feminist talk into walk, and demonstrate global leadership on female empowerment.
He says if G7 leaders cannot resolve a deadlock, it will be a missed opportunity of epic proportions.
Michael Messenger, the president of World Vision Canada, says with many competing priorities around the G7 table, funding girls education in crises presents an opportunity for consensus.
But U-S protectionism will dominate the G7 when Trump makes his Canadian debut at the summit.
Trudeau has made his disappointment clear after the US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.