We can all present a united front to the world when it comes to trying to a better deal for Canada. So I support Andrew Scheer standing with Trudeau and Doug Ford, the incoming premier of Ontario doing the same. But presenting a united front on the trade files doesn’t we don’t tell the lead guy to stop acting like an idiot.
Justin Trudeau is surrounded by people that look down on Donald Trump. People that think Trump is a fool, an idiot, childish and temperamental. I’ll grant them the last one. I’ll agree that Trump is unpredictable and difficult to strike a deal with.
None of that matters, we need to deal with him and WE NEED A DEAL.
This isn’t partisanship, this is reality.
The majority of Canada’s exports go to the United States, still as high as 76% of all exports. China buys just 4.3% of our exports. They are our second biggest market.
By comparison, Canada comprises less than 20% of all American exports. We can show maps all day long about how many states have Canada as their largest trading partner, we are still just a piece of the puzzle to them.
To us, the Americans are damn near the whole puzzle.
So why is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team acting like a bunch of idiots when dealing with an erratic man like Trump? A man who not only doesn’t care about upending the status quo but revels in doing so?
Ahead of the G7 starting, the Trudeau team leaked details of a phone conversation that Trump and Trudeau had about the tariffs on steel and aluminum. They leaked these details to Jim Acosta of CNN.
Now if you haven’t been paying attention, Jim Acosta is Trump’s most hated reporter at Trump’s most hated network. And Trudeau’s team leaked, or at least ginned up Acosta, on details of what was said.
The story Acosta filed had Trump claiming the War of 1812 as a reason to place national security restrictions on Canadian products. Trudeau’s office later told Canadian reporters it was a joke.
Too late, the damage was done.
Acosta’s report claimed that Trump was mistaken in blaming Canada for burning down the White House in that war because it was the British. Historians were consulted, sneering remarks made. It all ridiculed Trump before he got to Canada.
Then when Trump got here Trudeau did something he knew would send liberal supporters in the media and the online world into hysterics. He presented Trump with a photo of his grandfather’s hotel in Canada that got the family fortune going.
Or as all of Trump’s detractors would call it, the brothel.
I’m sure the smart set in the PMO had a hearty laugh over this one. Snickering at the American president is better than Canadians having jobs after all.
Then finally there was Chrystia Freeland, comparing Trump and his populist style to Hitler while speaking to a writer for the New York Times.
I actually don’t know where Trudeau allegedly stabbed Trump in the back during his news conference. Best I could do was listen for 15 minutes as the PM mostly said lots of words without answering questions. I also think that the rhetoric out of the Trump administration on the Sunday morning talk shows on CNN and Fox, among other places, was over the top.
But so were the antics of Trudeau and his team.
While I may be a tough critic of this government I don’t think they are populated solely by idiots. We may have blown our best chance for a fix to this trade deal, something I’ve argued for a while, getting Trudeau and Trump alone together to discuss this deal without anyone else.
We have to hope it isn’t too late though.
Millions of Canadian jobs depend on secure trade with the United States. Jobs held by real people, not the sycophants in the PMO who will only fail upwards and never be affected by bad decisions.
We need Trudeau and Trump to get serious about fixing this. Since Canada needs the United States more than they need us, that may mean accepting some terms we may not like.
That is a better deal that what we are facing now.
It’s also better than we can get by Trudeau’s team trying to mock and embarrass Trump when they think he isn’t looking.