Majesty. During the public photo-op prior to Justin Trudeau's
private audience with the Queen the two exchanged pleasantries and remarked on their previous meeting when
Justin Trudeau was but a child. Afterwards the Queen and her
Prime Minister had a private discussion.
system of government. A Prime Minister lives in a world
where allies can be just as dangerous as enemies. A world
where he is surrounded by either supportive or critical
partisans at all times. Former British Prime Minister James
Callaghan described the meetings as being akin to a trip to
the psychiatrist. The Queen takes her role as confidant
seriously and has never divulged the private matters
discussed with her ministers.
The Queen also serves as a non-partisan source of advice and
experience. The Queen has a wealth of knowledge about what
policies governments have tried, what obstacles they faced,
and possible solutions. Repeatedly, Prime Ministers have
marveled at the width and breadth of the Queen's knowledge
of her Canadian realm. They probably shouldn't be. Her
Majesty has always taken a keen interest in the triumphs and
tragedies of her subjects. She has toured every province to an
extent no federal politician is likely to do. She knows her
country well. The Prime Minister would be wise to request,
and heed, Her Majesty's advice.
A Kisaragi Colour