Canadians cheered, people clapped, leftists smiled, and bigots raised their hats in appreciation when Justin Trudeau mentioned that he wouldn’t let Canada and himself be pushed around by the President of the United States; Donald Trump.
But, is playing to the crowd a safe bet for Prime Minister Trudeau? Or is he going to mess up trade relations in North America due to his populist strategies?
Experts in Canada warn that playing for the crowd and falling to populist measures is something that can come back and haunt Trudeau brutally.
Trudeau and Canada need positive trade within North America more than anything currently. They are at that stage of time where displeasing either Trump or the American public is not a narrative they should follow!
In fact, it has to be said that public appeasement within Canada rests more on the outcome of these talks than on the tough words of Trudeau.
Trudeau could sugarcoat his statements as much as he wants, but the people, at the end of the day, want a positive trade deal. His words won’t make the cut anymore.
One senior official, who wanted to maintain anonymity, mentioned, “It’s important to be tough and strong when it comes to the national interest.
With that being said, I think we and the U.S. and Mexico would all like to see a swift conclusion to these negotiations.”
Trudeau has had quite some political mishaps lately, and this could be the nail in the coffin for him. The fall in his popularity started with a disastrous trip to India – seriously, who can mess up a trip to India. His popularity fell further with the recent court decision to halt progress on the $4.5 Billion Vancouver pipeline project. If Trudeau messes up here, his political career would be well over.
Prime Minister Trudeau might not realize it yet, but the ground beneath his feet is shakier than it has ever been before.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.