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United Front on NAFTA Tricky as War of Words Turns Into Full-Fledged Negotiation

Posted April 20, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Chantal Hébert – Toronto Star)

Ever since last fall’s American presidential election campaign, Justin Trudeau has played nice with Donald Trump, routinely bending over backward to avoid taking the new administration head on.

Parsing the prime minister’s comments on Trump’s eventful first three months one would be hard-pressed to find anything but kind words about the new occupant of the White House.

When the president moved to suspend the American refugee program and to ban citizens from six Muslim majority countries from travelling to the U.S., Trudeau issued a tweet to restate Canada’s pro-refugee policy but refrained from openly criticizing the U.S. move.

When Trump cut foreign aid funding for contraception and family planning programs, the Canadian government raised its own contribution but otherwise kept its peace. Click here to read more.

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