Opinion

Trump manages to unite Canada

By Josh Aldrich, Camrose Canadian

You have to give President Donald Trump credit, he has managed to do what no prime minister in recent memory, especially our current one, has been capable of doing. He has unified Canada. 

 

Mind you, it is a unified voice in defence of Justin Trudeau and telling Trump where he can stick his tariffs, but we're unified none the less. 

Even former Prime Minister Stephen Harper went on Fox News in defence of Trudeau over the Trump administration's latest actions. Most shockingly, incoming Ontario Premier Doug Ford – often regarded as Trump light – said on Monday he stands shoulder to shoulder with Trudeau. I never thought I would see the day when the Conservative Party, including its leader Andrew Scheer, would rally with the ruling Liberal Party on anything, including the weather – is it a sunny day or another day of crippling economic despair? 

But here we are. 

Dogs and cats, please form your conga line to the left. 

The bombastic, wannabe dictator to our south makes it difficult for me to be proud of my American roots. The pending trade war over the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement has provided him the opportunity to pour more poison into the well on a daily basis. He is a narcissistic bully who has spent a lifetime of getting what he wants. Until now. 

In his efforts to Make America Great Again, he is quickly ensuring it stands alone. On an island. With the rest of the world against the Stars and Bars. The troll in the oval office is breathing new life into every stereotype I have spent much of my life trying to refute. 

In the last week, his actions include punitive tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, called Canada "a national security threat" because the British burned the White House to the ground in the War of 1812, and then there was the tweet read around the world on Friday: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" 

Trump's lackies backed up his diatribe on national TV. Senior White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, in particular, threatened "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door." 

Special place in hell? Are you kidding me? I must have forgot that upon his election to the presidency that Trump was also granted the title of supreme ruler of the world, and that we must all serve at his beckon call. A negotiation means discussion by both sides and compromise. It does not mean Trump automatically gets his way because he's Trump. It's a sandbox and everyone gets to play in it. 

This was, of course after Trump reneged on agreements at the G7 summit, and pushed for the readmittance of Russia into the group. Russia, of course was booted from the economic gatherings after its invasion of Crimea. 

Trump has either forgotten or is choosing to ignore that Canada is his country's largest trading partner and has served along side the U.S. in many conflicts around the world, including Afghanistan for a decade where 158 members of the Canadian Armed Forces lost their lives. 

As of Monday, Trump was threatening more tariffs on Canadian-made automobiles and Trudeau was promising Canada would respond in kind. 

Trump's idea of diplomacy is about as diplomatic as lighting a fart on fire. His immaturity is that flammable. If he is wanting to negotiate on Canada's supply-managed dairy system, threats and schoolyard insults are about as effective as the Edmonton Oilers' management. 

All Trump has done is galvanize an entire country against him. 

What gives me hope is that though Trump has brought a brand new type of backwater into the swamp he supposedly drained, he does not speak for all Americans. #ThankCanada and #ThanksCanada was trending earlier this week as Americans found ways to show support and gratitude towards Canada. 

This spat has caused many to reminisce about President Richard Nixon's less than welcoming thoughts about Pierre Trudeau. For once, I fully support the current Trudeau in digging into his father's arsenal in search of a salute. 

It's the kind of finger pointing we can all get behind. 

 

jaldrich@postmedia.com 

 



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