Are relations between Canada and the U.S. likely to improve with Justin Trudeau at the helm in Ottawa?
One foreign policy analyst says he thinks they already are, even though there have been differences.
Relations between the two neighbours had turned frosty when outgoing PM Stephen Harper dialed up the pro-Keystone pipeline rhetoric towards a cool Obama administration.
Even though Trudeau is pro-Keystone, Bob Murray with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy says the two leaders are on the same page when it comes to tackling climate change.
But he says within his first 24 hours, Trudeau told President Barack Obama Canada will withdraw air strikes against the Islamic State.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a trade-off where you’re likely to see greatly favour gaining Canada’s support for climate change policy in exchange for allowing Canada to reduce its role in the Middle East.”
Canada’s involvement in the fight against the Islamic State will continue with special forces and combat training operations.