Watch Carlos Alvarado and Justin Trudeau’s first conversation
“I have a feeling we’re going to get along very well.”
That’s how Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted Costa Rican President-elect Carlos Alvarado during their phone conversation last week. The two leaders discussed climate change, renewable energies, multilingual education and Cabinet-level gender parity (an achievement of Trudeau’s and an aspiration of Alvarado’s).
“The best thing about a gender-equal Cabinet is not even the symbolism or the example. It’s the quality of conversation and outcomes you get from a Cabinet that is more diverse,” Trudeau told Alvarado.
The Costa Rican president-elect reminded Trudeau that Costa Rica would be more than happy to receive Canadian climate change and renewable energies researchers when they need a break from northern climes.
“I hear you have some harsh winters,” he joked, before taking his French for a brief spin. The musician-turned-politician also professed his love for Canadian band Rush, suggesting that not only Trudeau, but also Alvarado’s favorite band of all time might make the trip to Costa Rica for the country’s bicentennial celebrations in 2021.
Here’s the full conversation as captured by Semanario Universidad:
You may be interested
In Davos, tourism industry promises less plastic and more sustainabilityPol Costa / AFP and The Tico Times - January 24, 2020
Faced with the tons of disposable plastic used by hotels every year, the CO2 emitted by airplanes or the overcrowding…
Meet Costa Rica’s newest NASA figure: Luis Diego Fonseca FloresBruce Callow - January 24, 2020
Costa Rica may be small, but its people are achieving great things. In this story, contributor Bruce Callow shares an…