TORONTO (AP)-Donald Trump praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being “weak” and “dishonest” and attacked Canada’s vital trade. He threatened to impose tariffs on cars and impose them on steel.
Over the past four years, unprecedented attacks on America’s closest allies have made people feel bitter. If Trump is defeated in the election, most Canadians will breathe a sigh of relief.
Roland Paris, a former senior foreign policy adviser at Trudeau, said: “He has always been willing to threaten Canada in unprecedented ways with terrible consequences.
Canada is one of the countries most dependent on trade in the world. Trump took action to abolish the North American Free Trade Agreement and called for a 25% tariff on the auto industry, which constitutes an existential threat.
Approximately 75% of Canada’s exports go to the United States, so it is important to maintain a free trade agreement, and the two countries and Mexico also reached a new agreement last year. But only six weeks after the implementation, Trump announced new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
Nelson Wiseman, professor of political science at the University of Toronto, said: “Trump is an unpredictable nightmare.”
According to data from the Pew Research Center, in 2016, two-thirds of Canadians had a positive attitude towards the United States. This is the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency.
By this year, this number has dropped to 35%, which is the lowest level since the center began voting in Canada 20 years ago. Among those surveyed, only 20% said they believe Trump is doing the right thing in world affairs.
A telephone survey of 1,037 Canadians from June to August showed an error rate of 3.7%.
At the same time, Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden, described Trudeau as a “family like” when Biden held a state banquet in Ottawa a month after Biden left the vice president. Biden knew that Justin’s father, the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and the leaders of the Democratic and Liberal parties were ideologically aligned.
Historian Robert Botwell said: “The relationship with Biden will improve by about 3,000%.” “It will return to rationality and friendliness. The Biden administration will bring a large number of people who value the American alliance, so Canada will not only benefit bilaterally and multilaterally in trying to restore various Western alliances.”
Some Canadian analysts complained that the Trump administration did not contribute to supporting the country in the process of issuing the support statement. At the time, China detained two Canadians, apparently in retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese high-tech executive by Canada with a US arrest warrant. When the Foreign Minister called on Saudi Arabia to improve human rights in the country, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador and told its students to leave Canada. There was no support at all.
Paris, a current professor of international affairs at the University of Ottawa, said: “The authoritarian regime advocates that the United States will not punish US allies for targeting them, and Canada bears the brunt.”
But if Biden wins, it may cause early stimulation. Biden has said that he will cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, a project aimed at expanding Canada’s key oil exports, which has the world’s third largest oil reserves.
Biden’s call for a “buy America” trade policy is also related to Canada.
In 2019, the total trade in goods and services between the United States and Canada is estimated at 725.1 billion U.S. dollars, and the United States has a deficit of 2.7 billion U.S. dollars. The United States had a surplus of US$7.4 billion in 2017,
The links between the two countries are parallel everywhere in the world. There is close cooperation in national defense, border security, and law enforcement, and there is extensive overlap in culture, tradition and pastime-with shared baseball, hockey, basketball and football leagues. Before the pandemic closed it as unnecessary travel in March, about 400,000 people crossed the world’s longest international border every day.
The United States has more confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19 than any other country, but Canada hopes that the Biden government can better control the virus.
“We can’t close the border forever. So far, people have accepted this fact with little peeping, which is a measure of how annoying the Trump administration is.”
At the beginning of the pandemic, neighbors blocked the shipment of N95 protective masks from the United States, and Canadians expressed their harm. The former US ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, regarded this as a low point.
“I can’t imagine living next door to someone. They need something to survive. I thought,’You can’t have it.’ It’s incredible,” Hyman said. “This relationship is like a family. Like a trusted neighbor, we have a president who doesn’t take any of these things seriously. He wins for himself is such a deal.”
Hyman said that another low point was Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro’s statement that Trudeau had a “special place in hell” after the 2018 Quebec G-7 summit. Tell reporters more that Canada will retaliate against the new tariffs that the United States considers retaliation. Unfair Trump was furious and withdrew the United States from the G7 Joint Communiqué, calling Trudeau a “dishonest” and “weak” and threatening to make Canadians pay for trade negotiations.
Trudeau recently held a meeting with Canadian diplomats in the United States. He recently said: “Of course we all hope that, like many people in the world, a smooth transition or a clear outcome of the elections.”
He added: “If it’s not clear, there may be some interference and we need to be prepared.”
Paris said that the United States has changed in recent years: “Even if Biden wins, he will still govern in a divided, introverted, American-first country that has truly invaded lawmakers and the general public.”
Powell (Bothwell) said that he is worried about lasting support for Trump: “No matter how frustrating Americans are, 40% of Americans support this person.”