Mr. Trudeau Goes Back to Washington

Trouble is, that nut bar named Trump is still there

A Commentary by Doug Draper, followed with a News Release from the Office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Posted October 12th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“There is no relationship in the world quite like the Canada-U.S. relationship,” said Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement following his two-day visit to Washington, D.C. this October 10th and 11th.

Canada’s Prime Minister back in Washington

That’s for sure.

It is a relationship that, from the Canadian perspective at least, has had more than a few bad moments, including the War of 1812 and the Fenian Raids, including one crossing in to Niagara, Ontario that saw two battles in the Fort Erie and Ridgeway areas between British sponsored militia defenders and veterans gone rogue from the U.S. army at the end of the American Civil War.

It is also a relationship that, relative to ones in many other regions of the world, has enjoyed many years of peace and friendship and has brought  loads of economic benefits (Canada and the U.S. have long been each other’s largest trading partners) to both countries.

Then, as of last January, 2017, came something completely different – U.S. President Donald Trump, coming right out of the starting gate with his “America First” and an ‘every past treaty signed with other nations has a possible date with the shredder mentality  – and all bets for Canada’s continued relatively stable relationship with the United States are off.

Indeed, Trump’s erratic, disturbing and often dangerous conduct has been so off-putting, I am sure I’m far from the only one who has heard many of my fellow Canadians say they don’t want to have anything to do with Trump and whatever passes for his policies, and certainly do not want to see our Prime Minister invite him for a state visit here.

It is hard enough to watch our Prime Minister pay a visit to Trump at the White House, as he did this past October 10th and on another occasion early in the year, where he tries to make nice with a character that has no problem waving nice aside with that strong man handshake of his that is meant to pull the other one in to show him or her, and anyone else watching who is the dominant one in the pack.

Meanwhile, the only wee bit of relief those of us watching and worrying about what  might be given away by the Prime Minister to appease the beast get is seeing Trudeau reaching out with one arm in what reportedly was a pre-rehearsed move to grip the beast’s shoulder so he couldn’t be pulled in with the shake.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Trump at the White House. Is it just me or does it look like Justin isn’t much looking forward to shaking that guy’s hand.

That was some small cancellation for whatever else may have been conceded around trade agreements, bi-national water protection treaties and God knows what else.

When Trudeau flew to Europe this past May for a meeting with other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders, Trump used the occasion to insult and criticize the Prime Minister, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the others for not, in his view, doing enough to pull their weight in the military readiness department. It was written off by European and even many American analysts as just another one of Trump’s shit shows, orchestrated to appeal to his base of supporters that get their rocks off on him going places and smashing all the china. Yet when Trudeau flew home, one of the first things he did was announce plans to spend an addition $30 billion – not on health care or constructing treatment plants in Indigenous communities so they finally had access to clean, safe water – but on more military weaponry.

So what did the Prime Minister get for making nice this time except a backroom pitch from the beast might consider a less punishing trade deal with Canada if Canada agreed to join him in throwing Mexico and any further negotiating new deal with it under the bus.

Can Justin Trudeau reach a fair trade deal with this man?

Accept that, Mr. Prime Minister, or you might just have to watch the orange hair man who built his brand on a boast that he is the most artful deal maker in the world, take this trade deal and rip it apart. No amount of holding the beast’s shoulder so you won’t get pulled in is going to stop that.

It was a little disturbing to turn on CBC and watch Trudeau doing a news conference following his session at the White House. The man, who has a reputation for being a pretty good boxer, looked disoriented as he forced out a few words, as if he’d been sucker punched.

All the more reason for Trudeau to revisit a speech his Foreign Affairs Minister, Christie Freeland delivered in Parliament this June where she echoed the words of German Chancellor Merkel who said that, given Trump’s penchant for thumbing his nose at the rest of the world, including countries that historically have been among America’s closest allies, it is time for other countries to look beyond the role the United States as ‘leader of the free world’ and move on.

That would involve Canada slowly but surely (because it certainly can’t be done overnight) cutting ties with  a United States that, threw it’s leader and a Republic Party fearful of defying him, clearly no longer interest in working fairly and constructively with other countries and doing more of our business with countries in Europe and elsewhere.

Almost everyone who has written biographies on Trump or covered his activities extensively over the last two or three decades, warns that there is no way you can reach a fair deal with him because for him, there are only going to be winners and losers, and he is going to make sure he is the winner.

So please Mr. Prime Minister, let’s cut our loses with this dangerous clown and move on.

Now here is a media release from the Canadian government on the Prime Minister’s latest visit to Washington, D.C. –

October 11, 2017
Washington, D.C., United States of America

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today (October 11th) concluded his visit to Washington, D.C., and will now travel to Mexico City for his first official visit to Mexico.

While in Washington, Prime Minister Trudeau took part in a keynote conversation with Pattie Sellers at the 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. He stressed the importance of gender equality and how women’s empowerment creates economic growth that benefits everyone.

The next day, the Prime Minister participated in a roundtable led by WomenOne to discuss solutions to the challenges women and girls face every day globally.

The Prime Minister then met with members of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to discuss the vital trade and economic relationship between Canada and the United States.

Prime Minister Trudeau also met with United States President Donald J. Trump. The Prime Minister reiterated Canada’s commitment to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the benefit of all three partners – Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Quote

“There is no relationship in the world quite like the Canada-U.S. relationship. Canadians and Americans know that we are all better off when we work together to grow the middle class and create prosperity on both sides of the border. Canada will continue to work with the U.S. to modernize NAFTA so that people in Canada, the United States, and Mexico can benefit from good, well-paying jobs and increased opportunities to provide for their families.”
— 
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick facts

  • Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Bilateral trade between the two countries was valued at nearly $882 billion in 2016.
  • Canada is the largest secure supplier of energy to the United States.
  • The two countries share the longest, secure border in the world, over which approximately 400,000 people and more than $2 billion worth of goods and services cross daily.
  • Canada is the number one export destination for most American states, and cross-border trade and investment support nearly nine million jobs in the United States.

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