Politics

May 16, 2017

Trump’s trade tantrums spell trouble for Trudeau

Donald Trump's "unhinged rhetoric" over trade agreement is creating headaches for Canada, writes senior television news executive Louis Cooper.

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The political, economic and social connections between Canada and the United States of America are being kicked and stomped on. 

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau -- son of a former Canadian PM, Pierre Trudeau -- has been in office for a little more than a year.

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  1. Wayne Robinson

    ‘NAFTA was also supposed to make it easier for certain goods to cross the three borders, faster and with less officialdom and paperwork’.

    Come again? I thought there were only two borders, Mexico/America and America/Canada. When did Canada and Mexico get a border?

    1. Keith1

      I guess that border is the United States itself. This is part of the unfairness of it all – the other two have the USA between them – they don’t have to build a wall.

    2. Zarathrusta

      Goods still pass a Canada / Mexico border if they arrive directly by plane I suppose, or it could be referring to the separate Canada / Alaska border as the third. Don’t expect rational from the US at the moment.

      1. Wayne Robinson

        Or I suppose another possibility is that the western American states had seceded from the Union and joined Canada, giving Canada a border with Mexico (I might have missed it, I generally just skim the newspapers).

        It would make the Great Wall of Trump expensive though. Trump would need to extend the wall along the western states and then along the Canadian border.

  2. Charlie Chaplin

    “The nub of the softwood lumber dispute is that the bulk of Canada’s softwood lumber comes from forests owned by the federal government. In the US, the lumber comes from mostly privately held land and is more expensive. The US believes Canada’s softwood lumber is “subsidised” because it comes from government-held lands; AN IMPRESSION MOSTLY CREATED BY THE FACT CANADIAN LUMBER IS CHEAPER.” (My emphasis)

    WOW! And there it is, folks, the lie at the heart of all free trade rhetoric: “private” doesn’t equal “competitive”, and the Americans know it!

    1. Gavin Moodie

      No private enterprise is not necessarily more competitive than public provision. And capitalism has bigly waste in bankruptcies.

      But in this case the yanks argue that Canadian governments subsidise lumber by not charging enough to log on Crown land. USA forrest owners sell logging rights by auction while Canadian governments sell logging rights by tender. Included in the tenders are responsibilities to maintain access roads, fire abatement, pest control, etc. which are more complicated to cost than a simple auction price.

      Nonetheless, the World Trade Organisation has ruled in Canada’s favour a few times.

  3. AR

    Pity anyone with so long a border with the Benighted States under the current regime, esp with about 77% of the population living within 100 miles of that fracture line.
    Good luck Justin.

    1. Gavin Moodie

      Indeed, and I think about 75% of our ‘foreign’ trade is with the USA.

      I am starting to think Canada’s relations with the USA during Trump’s administration will have to be like Finland’s relations with the Soviet Union during the cold war. Basically, we’ll have to comply with as much as our bigly bully insists.

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