Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien says he hopes Justin Trudeau will engage in a dialogue with a variety of international leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During an interview with CTV’s Question Period, Chretien suggested the incoming prime minister’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, maintained an open approach when speaking to world leaders including Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
“Mr. Trudeau could talk to anybody because he kept his independence,” he said.
Chretien also advised Justin Trudeau to “talk to everybody.”
Bernard Isautier, chief executive of Calgary-based PetroKazakhstan Inc., has publicly credited Mr. Chrétien, “because of his name,” for landing the company high-level meetings in China and Iran last June to discuss oil-transportation problems.