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Trudeau Warns of Unpredictability if Trump Wins US Presidential Election
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concerns about potential unpredictability if Republican frontrunner Donald Trump were to win the U.S. presidential election in November. Trudeau, acknowledging the uncertainty associated with Trump’s leadership, emphasized that Canada must be prepared for various scenarios.
Canada’s Vulnerability and Past Challenges with Trump
Canada heavily relies on the United States, sending 75% of its goods and services exports southward. Previous interactions with Trump, including accusations of weakness and dishonesty, strained relations. The Trudeau government successfully navigated challenges such as U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
A Proactive Approach for the Future
Trudeau highlighted the importance of defending Canadian interests and maintaining economic growth amid potential policy shifts. The government’s proactive strategy, previously employed during NAFTA renegotiations, involved extensive engagement with U.S. states to underscore the benefits of continental free trade. Trudeau affirmed that this approach would be revisited if needed to safeguard Canada’s interests.
Public Concerns and Diplomatic Relations
A recent poll indicated that approximately two-thirds of Canadians believe U.S. democracy might not endure another four years under Trump’s leadership. The remarks from Trudeau underscore the complexities and uncertainties Canada faces in its diplomatic relations, especially concerning its vital economic ties with the United States.