Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is known for being quite at odds with the positions of American President Donald Trump.In fact, Trudeau has increasingly become the world’s favorite “Anti-Trump”, despite refraining from outwardly criticizing the new president. Even after Trump’s controversial travel ban, when asked to comment, Trudeau stated that “there have been times where we have differed in our approaches and that has always been done firmly and respectfully.”
Today is no different.
After nearly eight years of negotiations, the Canadian Prime Minister finally passed his country’s CETA deal with the European Union. Called “a comprehensive blueprint for responsible economic co-operation”, the deal is a free-trade agreement between Canada and the EU which will eliminate 99% of non-farm tariffs between them. This will affect EU’s market of 500 million people and Canada’s 35 million, and will supposedly boost growth and jobs on both ends.
This measure has been in the works for some time now, but analysts believe that its fulfillment comes as a direct response to Donald Trump’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Moreover, although Trudeau did not mention Trump by name in his address to the European Parliament, his words stuck clearly as an opposition to the leader’s views on the free trade agenda.
Now, the world turns its attention to Trump and how he will respond to the decisive actions of the Canadian Prime Minister. For decades, Canada has been one of the most essential allies to the United States and the two nations have repeatedly been on the same page, especially when it came to economic globalization. Nevertheless, with the Trump and Trudeau administration on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, the US-Canada partnership appears to be in jeopardy. Trump will in all likelihood respond to Trudeau’s decision, and for (what may be the first time!) he may do this with actions instead of words. If Trump ultimately makes the move to scrap NAFTA, which he can constitutionally do without the approval of Congress, this would put the longtime, mutually beneficial international relationship at risk of severance.
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