Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the U.S. President Trump will be holding their first face to face meeting which will be very crucial to Canada.
Trudeau is expected to be in the White House on Monday at a time that many Canadians fear that Trump will enact protectionist measures that hurt their economy in addition to that the worry of the new President could be as combative as he was with Australia and Mexico.
Trump, 70, and Trudeau, 45, have totally different outlooks on the world. Trudeau happens to be a liberal who’s championed global trade and has welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees. This is totally different from Trump who’s more concerned with the security of the U.S. and has called for the restriction of refugees and immigrants entry. However, Trudeau will be expected to emphasize on common economic interests.
The Canadian Prime Minister pointed out that they’re going to talk about all sort of things they align on, like economic growth and jobs, opportunities for the middle class owing to the fact that millions of jobs on both sides of the border depend on the smooth flow of goods and services across the border. However, Trudeau also pointed out that they’re going to talk about things that they disagree on and that they’ll do it in a respectful way, adding that Canada will always stay true to the values that have made the country extraordinary.
Shortly after Trump signed the executive order banning travelers from the seven Muslim-dominated nations, Trudeau tweeted that Canada welcomed people that are fleeing persecution, terrorism and war, adding that diversity was Canada’s strength. The two are expected to discuss Canada’s immigration and refugee policy.
It’s worth noting that American relations with Canada are crucial since more than 75 percent of the country’s exports and 98 percent of its oil exports go to the U.S. while about 18 percent of U.S. exports go to Canada. However, Stephen Schwarzman made a statement saying that things should go well for Canada if the President reopens NAFTA since the northern neighbor has a balanced trade relationship with the United States.