The prime ministers of Italy and Canada took potshots at each other over LGBTQ rights, an unusual display of open disagreement between Group of Seven leaders attending a summit this weekend in Japan.
The spat started on Friday when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in front of television cameras ahead of closed-door talks.
“Canada is concerned about some of the positioning that Italy is taking in terms of LGBT rights, but I look forward to talking with you,” Trudeau said.
The Italian leader looked visibly annoyed by Trudeau’s remarks before media left the room. A statement issued by Trudeau’s office said the prime minister also raised the issue during their meeting, adding Meloni defended her government’s position by saying it’s following court rulings related to LGBTQ matters.