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The Ideology Clash of Trump And Trudeau Has Begun

  • Sam Mire
  • Jun 10, 2017 12:40PM

Those who are familiar with the deeply liberal ideology of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knew that rosy reports describing his first meeting with President Trump meant little in terms of Canadian-American relations going forward. Their introduction in February at the White House was by all accounts cordial, with Trudeau even indicating that he would be open to “tweaking” NAFTA, an agreement President Trump had openly lamented.

Even still, their prepared statements included many inferences to their ideological differences.

It was a nice gesture of cooperation, but as is the case with all politicians, a gesture or even a promise is worth virtually nothing. This is particularly true of Trudeau, whose uber-liberal policies carry more weight than his words ever could. Thus far, his priorities have been imposing carbon taxes that have resulted in astronomical gas and electric bills for cash-strapped Canadians, instituting unprecedented and dangerous anti-Islamophobia laws and enacting legislation that makes refusing your child hormone-blocking therapy cause for protective services to intervene.

Then there is this Tweet:

A Tweet which in large part led to an exodus of undocumented immigrants of various nationalities toward the Canadian border, a phenomenon which Rebel Media witnessed first-hand in this video and many others. 

In short, Trudeau is about as liberal as a leader can get. From his economic policies, to his globalist worldview, to his self-professed status as a feminist, he is perhaps the world leader that least resembles the principles which President Trump embodies.

While Trudeau invites refugees into a country with an already contracting economy under the guise of moral superiority and multiculturalism, Trump has vocalized the need to vet immigrants from the Middle East, and even then has not hinted that he would take on large numbers of refugees.

While Trudeau imposes new tax after new tax under the guise of improving infrastructure, expediting job creation, and environmentalism, Trump is working to simplify the tax code so that businesses and individuals may be freer to operate with as little red tape and obscure taxation as possible.

I could go on, but the point is that these two leaders, while geographic neighbors, could not be further apart in how they view the world.

So, a February joint press conference and meeting in which few matters of substance were discussed in earnest meant little in terms of how the leaders would interact going forward. When issues got down to brass tacks, would the spirit of cordiality and cooperation remain?

Based upon what we know about the two men, the likely answer is a resounding no. Policy is most often derived from ideology, so the negotiation of policies between men who have polarized visions for their respective countries will almost necessarily get contentious.

Recent statements made by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have been categorized by some as antagonistic toward Trump, specifically his America-first policies. Despite not naming the American President, it is quite clear that Freeland’s comments were aimed at Canada’s southern neighbor. And, more importantly, they may be the first domino in what could become a public sparring match between the Trudeau and Trump regimes.

Presumably speaking about American voters, Freeland said:

“Many of the voters in last year’s presidential election cast their ballots, animated in part by a desire to shrug off the burden of world leadership,” Ms. Freeland told a silent House of Commons.

It may seem subtle, but categorizing America’s election of Donald Trump as motivated by shirking or “shrugging off” some perceived responsibility America has to maintain a leadership role atop the global order is not exactly diplomatic.

Freeland continued, directly insinuating that Americans’ decision to elect a man who vows to put America’s interest above those of other nations equates to us essentially ceding the global leadership role which we will always maintain.

“The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course,” Ms. Freeland said. “For Canada, that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order.” (Globe and Mail)

She did not stop there. Freeland’s most antagonistic comment indicts the America-first mentality that was instrumental in Donald Trump’s victory, a mentality that is quite reasonable and widely shared among most Americans, as the election results made clear.

“You could easily imagine a Canadian view that says, we are safe on our continent, and we have things to do at home, so let’s turn inward. Let’s say Canada First,” Ms. Freeland declared. But “that would be wrong.” (Globe and Mail)

For one, it must be frightening to the hardworking, blue-collar Canadians to know that a Canada-first policy is one which Freeland, and therefore Trudeau, would only “imagine.” It must be horrifying to read, in no uncertain terms, that Canadian leadership does not think there are “things to do at home” to improve Canadians’ lives. The same Canadians who have witnessed corporate flight, rising utility costs, and politically correct legislation as the primary symptoms of the Trudeau Doctrine.  

Further, if this hypothetical Canada-first mentality “would be wrong,” as Freeland posits, then one can only logically conclude that Freeland, and by extension Prime Minister Trudeau, disavow the America-first policies which Donald Trump is actively employing.

As President Trump works to alleviate the burdens of imbalanced trade deals, refuses to pursue a Trans-Pacific Partnership, and continues to point out the flaws of wasteful and in many cases useless global organizations and agreements, Canada is vowing to double-down on globalist policies.

Using the World Trade Organization as one example, the massive gulf between how the Trump and Trudeau regimes see the state of the world order is exposed.

“We believe in the WTO and will continue our work to make it stronger,” says Freeland.

And Trump?

‘Mr. Trump…has called the World Trade Organization “a disaster” and threatens to withdraw the United States from it.’ (Globe and Mail)

Including the WTO, there is little, if anything, that Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau philosophically agree on. I’m not talking about words; they both would agree that improving the quality of life for Canadians and Americans is a shared goal.

What truly matters, and this is the crux of the issue, is what each leader believes needs to be done in order to accomplish that goal of improving their respective countries. And, as I’ve stated, their visions about how to fix problems both domestic and global are often diametrically opposed at worst, vastly different at best.

It is quite possible, even likely, that we are witnessing the initial frays in what could become an antagonistic relationship between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump. Just how openly contentious the leaders’ relationship becomes will be interesting to see.