What impact will a Donald Trump presidency have on Canada?
That was the topic raised today at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade function in Vancouver, but one question about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apparent misstep on NAFTA had two seasoned diplomats ducking for cover.
Former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer and the former U.S. ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin were speaking at the GVBOT function and talking softwood lumber, NATO, and NAFTA, where Doer said he wasn’t going to second-guess Trudeau’s comments that Canada is open to renegotiating that treaty.
“At the end of the day what comes out of the discussions will be the important part.”
Giffin quipped he wouldn’t say the PM made a mistake while in Canada.
“The fact that the government of Canada said ‘we’re here, we’re listening’… It’s recognizing reality.”
US President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on ripping up the multi-billion dollar trade agreement, calling it a “job killer.”