The Trudeau government has failed to adjust to Washington’s evolving political landscape—and Canada’s provocations have not helped matters.
The truth is that Ottawa has made a series of miscalculations and errors that have provoked the Trump administration and exacerbated bilateral tensions while doing nothing to advance Canada’s interests. These actions and choices have only served to make a difficult situation worse. The NAFTA negotiations—and in turn, Canada’s economy—have been put at risk in the process.
Canada’s failure to recognize fully Washington’s evolving political landscape and to adjust accordingly is a costly and regrettable mistake. Canadians may not like Trump, but that’s irrelevant. We have to work with him for the next two years—if not possibly six.