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Justin Trudeau meets the smartest guy on Wall Street

By Linda McQuaig      

From his office in BlackRock’s posh headquarters on 52nd Street in New York City or from his reserved table on 'CEO row' at Manhattan’s swanky San Pietro Restaurant, Larry Fink is no doubt pleased as he contemplates the wildly lucrative new opportunities in Canadian infrastructure. And well he should be. It is not Larry Fink—but rather Canadian taxpayers—who will be ponying up.

By the time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 20, 2019, in Ottawa, headed home from Davos, his ideas about a Canadian infrastructure bank had changed dramatically—at least from what he had publicly talked about during the election campaign. Crucially, Trudeau now seemed open to a significant role for Wall Street, writes Linda McQuaig. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

If the world’s seven billion people were ranked on a ladder according to how much power they wielded, Larry Fink would be on a rung way, way, way up near the top—just 33 rungs below the world’s most powerful person, according to Forbes magazine.

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