Let’s rewind to the G7 summit, where Trudeau decided to deliver a lecture on human rights to Italy and took a direct jab at Giorgia Meloni and her LGBTQ+ record. Well, that humiliation of Meloni is now coming back to bite him.
Fast forward to today, and the consequences of his brazen arrogance are becoming clear. Meloni’s current power base in Italy is retaliating by hitting Trudeau where it hurts the most: the agriculture industry.
Farmers across Canada are anxiously watching as Italy contemplates a boycott on wheat imports from the Great White North. The cause? Paola Ghidoni, an Italian member of the European Parliament, accuses Canada of engaging in fierce competition and saturating the Italian market with cheap wheat imports. Ghidoni claims that this action threatens the livelihoods of Italian farmers and leads to a demand for trade boycotts against imports of wheat.
According to Ghidoni, “six times as much” wheat has been imported from Canada into Italy earlier this year when compared to the same period in 2022.
“This cut-throat competition from outside Europe jeopardizes both the survival of the Italian supply chain and food safety since foreign output does not meet the same production standards as European produce,” writes Ghidoni.
Italy’s pasta issue prompted the government to hold an urgent meeting in May as the cost of food increased by 17.5% despite falling wheat prices.
Is Italy going to boycott Canada’s wheat? Well, it certainly seems so.
JT Messed Up
So, what seemed like a moment of triumph for Trudeau at the G7 summit has now turned into a bitter harvest for Canadian farmers. The effects of Meloni’s demeaning tactics are seen far outside of politics, where relations between her and Trudeau are still tense.
While meeting with Meloni and others for the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Trudeau took the opportunity to lecture her government over her vocal opposition to gender ideology.
“Obviously, Canada is concerned about some of the (positions) that Italy is taking in terms of LGBT rights,” said Trudeau.
This must serve as a cautionary reminder to Trudeau that when it comes to international relations, a single misstep can reverberate far and wide.