Trudeau: Legal impediments still preventing Canada from taking back toxic waste

Canadian PM surprise: A visit to Jollibee

Canadian PM surprise: A visit to Jollibee

The official website of the Prime Minister also stated that Trudeau will meet a Filipino-Canadian innovator of e-jeepney vehicles and will participate in a panel discussion in Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, both events slated in Makati City today.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he raised concerns about human rights and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines when he met Tuesday with President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has earned widespread condemnation for leaving thousands of suspects dead. "This is the way we engage in the world", the Canadian Prime Minister said.

Various local and worldwide groups as well as some world leaders have criticized the country for supposed rights violations.

"I know it has been a long-standing irritant and I committed to him [Duterte], and I'm happy to commit to all of you now that Canada is very much engaged in finding a solution on that", he said. It comes as no surprise that we bring it up.

Trudeau said Duterte was "receptive" to his comments and their conversation was "very cordial and a positive exchange".

Trudeau said his government has yet to address "legal impediments" that prevented it from taking back the toxic waste to Canada.

Trudeau told a news conference he mentioned the issue to Duterte in a meeting before Canada's summit in the Philippines with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. There are a number of questions: who will pay (for the shipment), where the financial responsibility is?

The Chronic Inc., a private company in Ontario, shipped 103 container vans of garbage mislabeled as "recyclable materials" to Manila in 2013.

"This is a private transaction that does not involve the government", he said.

"So, theoretically it is impossible to take it back".

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