Skip to comments.Why Canada’s Trudeau HAD to Sign a Trade Deal with the U.S.
Posted on 10/08/2018 8:01:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Hes less popular than Trump, his party is trailing in the polls, and he couldnt afford facing the heat coming his way if he failed to cut a deal. Its no secret that President Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau dont get along.
In June, as both nations threatened each other with tariffs during negotiations to rewrite the NAFTA trade deal, Trump tweeted that his 46-year-old Canadian counterpart was weak and dishonest. Trudeau responded by boasting that Canada will not be pushed around by its bigger neighbor.
But three months later, both countries came together, along with Mexico, to announce a new multilateral trade deal called the United StatesMexicoCanada Agreement (USMCA). Although all sides gave ground, it was the Canadians who gave up the most and blinked first. Trudeau simply couldnt afford the domestic political heat hed face if he proved unable to cut a trade deal with Canadas largest trading partner.
The conventional wisdom is that it is President Trump who is in political peril, with his approval rating stuck around 45 percent and with Special Counsel Robert Mueller nipping at his heels in the ongoing Russia investigation. But Trudeaus approval rating in the latest National Campaign Research Poll is down to 39 percent. His Liberal party trails the opposition Conservative party, led by Andrew Scheer, by 39 percent to 37 percent, with the next election due to be held no later than October 2019.
A poll by the research firm Ipsos last month found that a majority of Canadians, 52 percent, said they were ready for a leader who would break the rules or otherwise represent an anti-establishment viewpoint.
For Trudeaus Liberals, thats a warning flare. Indeed, Liberals have seen their support collapse in three consecutive provincial elections since June. In Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec, which together represent 65 percent of Canadas population, Liberal governments suffered disastrous defeats.
Doug Ford, the brother of the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, led the Conservative party to a smashing victory in June. His party captured 76 out of 124 seats on a platform of tax cuts and a promise to end Trudeaus unpopular carbon tax. Trudeaus Liberals collapsed and now hold just seven seats in Ontarios parliament.
Then in Septembers New Brunswick election, Liberal premier Brian Gallant won only 21 seats in the 49-seat legislature, leaving him well short of a majority. He survives in office on life support as other parties negotiate to form a different government.
Then finally there was French-speaking Quebec, Canadas second-biggest province. On October 1, the Liberal provincial government was swept from power by François Legaults center-Right Coalition Avenir Québec party. It marked the first time in more than 50 years that a party other than the Liberals or the separatist Parti Québécois won an election in the province.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon, the head of the free-market Montreal Economic Institute, said the election was a milestone. Expressing his personal views, he told me:
"The election of a completely new party to government represents a historical change. We now operate outside the decades-old paradigm of the fight between Quebec Separatists and those who want to have Quebec remain part of Canada."
What should worry Justin Trudeau the most is that his party was thrown out in Quebec despite a good economy. Unemployment is at a record low, the provinces debt had been reduced, and the Liberals had somewhat restrained spending. Legaults populist party was swept into office in part for supporting populist ideas such as reducing legal immigration by 20 percent, deporting immigrants who fail a test of French language skills and Quebec values after three years, and supporting a measure that would ban the wearing of religious symbols including head scarves for public employees who deliver services.
There is no way that Trudeau who is so politically correct that he recently chastised a woman for referring to mankind rather than peoplekind can compete on those issues. His party is in the grip of those who support an extreme version of a multicultural, largely secular Canada.
As Canadian journalist Michael Harris notes: All bets are off for the next federal election in Canada. . . . Being the incumbent is no longer an advantage, even when you are great selfie material.
“Nice pair of eyebrows ya got there. It would be a shame if anything were to happen to them.”
Is it just me, but isn’t Trump’s approval at 51%?
“The conventional wisdom is that it is President Trump who is in political peril, with his approval rating stuck around 45 percent and with Special Counsel Robert Mueller nipping at his heels in the ongoing Russia investigation.”
Fund must be smoking loco weed. Trump is at 51% today and his positives out weigh his negatives. As far as Mueller is concerned, his “troops” are starting to desert him.
Stopped reading right there.
So why did Trudy HAVE to sign the deal? Trudy Popularity?
“Being the incumbent is no longer an advantage, even when you are great selfie material.
No, youre right. Makes fir a better article to make it seem like trump was panicking.
Will someone tell Fund, a Never Trumper, that the President’s approval number is 51% and climbing? The National Review is disseminating Fake News.
We are ten times their size. If Canada cannot sell in the US they effectively don’t have an economy. It’s that simple.
You won’t be pushed around, Justine? Uhh .yeah, you will.
As best I can tell, Heartland was not affected
Trump has certainly flushed out all the phony conservatives
“Hes less popular than Trump”
WHAT? does that even mean?
Did he mean in CANADA? Did he mean Trump in USA vs Trudeau in Canada?
Trump is popular in the USA, just not with the snobs at National Review like John Fund.
Then in Septembers New Brunswick election, Liberal premier Brian Gallant won only 21 seats in the 49-seat legislature, leaving him well short of a majority. He survives in office on life support as other parties negotiate to form a different government. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The Alliance and Green parties gained seats in the legislature . The traditional parties, the conservatives and liberals took a reeling punch from the populist bent the Canadian electorate now has, despite the continuous CBC hate Trump CNN style propaganda. The left deeply fears PDJT and what he means for the evolution of the Canadian electorate.Canadians want an economy like that of the USA. no doubt about it and they want to say goodbye to the socialism of the Liberal Party.
In the spring of 2019 federal election, Justin Trudeau and his Obama style leftists are going to receive the drubbing of their life.
Trudeau the leftist weenie thinks Canada is a nation larger and more important that America and that jobs and prosperity do not matter.
He is a legitimate mental incompetent individual, he came by it honesty, it’s in the genes.
Trudeau's fingers are slipping off the cliff-edge, one by one. Thanks SeekAndFind.
“We are ten times their size. If Canada cannot sell in the US they effectively dont have an economy. Its that simple.”
So true. I made a comment very similar to yours on Breitbart and it got marked as spam. Even Breitbart can’t handle the truth.
On another note. Are Breitbart’s moderators the only ones that mark comments as spam or is Discus getting its dirty little fingers into the pie as well?
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