Unfortunately, we are not in a bad movie with a dark ending – no, this is real life. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, where you do not own a television set, a radio or even Internet; you know that Donald Trump has stunned the entire world with his victory in the U.S. Presidential election. Just let that sink in for a second… Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America. An narsasistic racist bigot, with a grandiose opinion about himself, is going to be attending G20 summits, meeting other world leaders and pretending to know exactly what is being asked of him, however there will be no similar bromance between Trump and Justin Trudeau as Barack Obama and Trudeau.
The relationship between Trudeau and Trump may be harder to build solely due to the fact that these two do not see eye-to-eye on a majority of issues such as climate change, Syrian refugees, defence alliances and trade. Prime Minister Trudeau wrote in a statement congratulating Trump, “Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States.” Trumps win has Canadians wondering, just what exactly does his massive win over Hillary Clinton mean for Canada?
REFUGEES: Trump refers to refugees as a “Trojan horse”. His son tweeted a comparison to a bowl of Skittles, where only one bad one can kill you. Although Trudeau has yet to do anything substantial for our country, I do commend him on his massive heart when it came to making the refugees from Syria feel welcome. This is where Trudeau and Trump differ, dramatically so. While Trump was lashing out, Trudeau went to the airport to welcome the Syria refugees with open arms; offering them winter jackets and hot beverages. Canada works very closely with America on the screening of foreigners and it is an integral part of ongoing plans to thin the Canada-U.S. border and facilitate trade.
DEFENCE ALLIANCES: Trump has threatened to leave allies to their own devices if they fail to meet the agreed-upon NATO target of spending two per cent of GDP on the military. Canada is nowhere close and recently said it had no current plans to go there. Here’s what Trump had to say about the NATO allies, “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense, and if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves…”
TRADE: People everywhere go for the best quality at the lowest cost they can get — this is why companies must source at lowest available cost to survive and this is essentially what Trump did within his own company. Trump proposes renegotiating NAFTA and slapping a 35 per cent tariff on cars imported from Mexico, but it is so much more complex than this. Cars assembled across the globe, not just in Mexico, are made of materials and parts from suppliers around the world. Slapping tariffs on Mexican products would make cars up to 20 per cent more expensive for all North American buyers — obviously including Canada. Canada is America’s biggest trading partner and America still needs oil from Canada, its biggest, most reliable and stable supplier and this will help balance other goods Canada buys from America.
-Loredana Del Bello, Assistant News Editor