‘Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to the White House: what does Trump’s presidency mean for Canadian/US relations?’

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‘Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to the White House: what does Trump’s presidency mean for Canadian/US relations?’

Will a Trump presidency signal a frostier era of American and Canadian relations or will the countries’ relationship weather the storm?

President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau met earlier this month in an effort to continue the close relationship both countries enjoyed while Obama was president. Early in their history, in their war against the United Kingdom and its North American colonies that lasted from 1812-1815, the US invaded Canada, but when the war ended, the border remained unchanged and the US never again attempted to invade. The 1911 Canadian federal election was won by the Conservative Party, whose anti-American sentiment triumphed over the Liberals, and whose rejection of a proposed trade deal between themselves and the US- a central issue- proved popular. Despite this setback, in 1988 the Free Trade Agreement was reached. Canada and the US have benefited over the years from a strong links to one another, with close military co-operation between the two countries during World War II and throughout the Cold War. Their close ties are demonstrated by the high volume of bilateral trade- which, according to the US Department of State’s website, is more than $1.8 billion a day in goods and services- and the estimated 380,000 people who cross the border every day.

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