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Trudeau and Trump to meet Monday in Washington

The two leaders will reportedly talk about how to ‘work hard for middle class Canadians and Americans, together’


 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the public in a lecture hall at Health Sciences Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (Liam Richards/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the public in a lecture hall at Health Sciences Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Wednesday, January 25, 2017. (Liam Richards/CP)

WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Monday in Washington, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

In a statement, the PMO says the two leaders will discuss “the unique relationship between Canada and the United States” and how best to “work hard for middle-class Canadians and Americans, together.”

A statement from the White House says the two leaders are looking forward to “a constructive conversation on strengthening the relationship between our two nations.”

Word of the meeting comes amid the federal government’s ongoing economic messaging operation, which has Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the U.S. capital today — the third federal cabinet minister to visit this week.

Morneau is meeting members of Congress and the administration to drive home a point that Canada is eagerly making as NAFTA trade negotiations approach: trade with Canada is good for American interests.

In a speech at Georgetown University, Morneau listed the nine million U.S. jobs tied to trade with Canada, saying they pay better than non-trade jobs.

He also says Canada buys more from the U.S. than all members of the European Union combined, and notes there’s no big trade deficit with Canada.

The government hopes those messages help the Canadian government escape the most damaging effects of the Trump agenda, which includes the threat of tariffs and tougher trade deals.


 

Trudeau and Trump to meet Monday in Washington

  1. This is going to be your shining moment for you Mr.Trudeau, all of the country will be watching you, and probably the world as well, so show your the statesmanship. Don’t get caught up in US domestic politics, stick to the reason you are there, to take care of the commerce and interests of our country. This could be a defining moment for you and our country, so keep your cool and don’t let anger, rule over compassion and understanding.

  2. Many of McLean’s writers cite what a daunting task Trudeau has in his meeting with Trump. The two biggest changes Trudeau will need to make really have nothing to do with Trump-one relates to dumb policy, the other to not meeting international commitments.
    The dumb policy piece is Trudeau’s planned national carbon tax. Since Obama never planned to have one and Trump is consistent with that, Trudeau will need to dump this one since it makes Canadian businesses uncompetitive with their counterparts in the US. I suspect Trump would be happy for Trudeau to continue with a national carbon tax since it will create more jobs in the US.
    -Canada made a commitment to NATO to have it’s military spending at 2% of GDP. Five of the ten countries don’t meet this commitment and Canada is the worst at 1%. While these 5 remiss countries are the prime cause of Trump’s rhetoric regarding NATO, Canada should have met it’s commitment regardless.
    Pretty obvious stuff if Trudeau has the capability to stop sniffing his own gas or take time out from his selfies to think about the meeting he’s about to have.

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