The world’s leaders are lining up to meet the Trumps, flying to New York, calling, planning meetings.
But not Canada’s prime minister. Usually, Trudeau and his staff love going down to New York, to talk to the United Nothings and do interviews with fashion magazines.
But Trudeau hasn’t made it to New York to talk to the world’s most important man, who will have a massive impact on Canada, for four and maybe eight years to come?
Trudeau thought it was a good idea, instead, to go to Cuba, then Argentina.
(Trade between Canada and Argentina is $2 billion a year. So it’s not nothing. But it’s close to nothing, compared to Canada-US trade, which is about $2 billion… a day.)
Is Trudeau in denial? Is his staff thinking that Trudeau should be the world’s opposition leader to Trump, like Trudeau’s father Pierre used to be against the Americans?
That’s a dangerous game to play, with the prosperity of 35 million Canadians as a bargaining chip.
Stephen Harper bit his tongue and got along professionally with Barack Obama, despite the fact that the two hated each other.
Does Justin Trudeau have that discipline, too?
I’m not optimistic.
But for the sake of all of us, I hope Trudeau rises to the occasion...
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