Le Devoir quotes Montréal lawyer Raymond Chrétien in an article on Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa.
On Wednesday, President Obama will join his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto, for the “three amigos” summit taking place in Ottawa. But American policy analysts feel it is unlikely that the out-going president will enter into any major agreements when he is about to hand over the keys to the White House. “Nothing is going to happen between now and January [when the next president is sworn in],” explained Raymond Chrétien, former Canadian Ambassador now practicing with the law firm of Fasken Martineau.
Raymond Chrétien feels the same, and he believes that the issue of climate change will certainly be the “focal point” of the president’s speech to Parliament. “In our new prime minister he has found a partner much more willing to work together for the environment.”
Raymond Chrétien is optimist, because “both governments are working hard to find a solution.” If this happens, it will be at the last minute, according to the former Ambassador to Washington. “Whenever there is a softwood agreement, it’s always at the very last minute.”
“There are still good examples of cooperation; cooperation at the border and really good cooperation on burning international issues,” noted Raymond Chrétien, referring to the military missions in Afghanistan and Libya.