The droves of liberals and celebrities who pledged to “move to Canada” if Republican Donald Trump won the presidential election may want to hold off on their assumption that the liberal country would join their anti-Trump crusade.
In fact, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that he would be willing to work with the newly elected president to come to a compromise on at least one major issue — trade.
Trudeau said Thursday he was willing to “renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement,” the 1994 accord that Trump has called the “worst trade deal” the United States has ever signed.
“I think it’s important that we be open to talking about trade deals,” Trudeau told reporters, according to Breitbart.
The prime minster has been a fierce defender of free trade because it has helped bolster the Canadian economy, while President-elect Trump has seemed to lean toward more protectionist measures for American jobs.
The two nations’ economies appeared to be inextricably intertwined, with exports to the U.S. accounting for 20 percent of Canada’s gross domestic product while 9 million Americans depended on Canadian trade for their jobs.
“If the Americans want to talk about NAFTA, I’m more than happy to talk about it,” Trudeau said, explaining that it was important to periodically reassess trade deals to ensure that they continued to be of benefit to Canadians.
Trudeau called the president-elect on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory.
If the caravan of anti-Trump liberals thought they were moving to a country where their feelings about the next American president would be coddled and supported, they were clearly wrong.
If someone as progressive and left-leaning as Trudeau was willing to work with Trump toward common goals, the liberals in our own country should be willing to do the same.
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