First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back. - The New York Times


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"She leaned forward, a look of concern in her eyes. “How do you attract voters and public support compared with the flashiness of exciting, chaotic, fact-ignoring populism?” she asked. “The reason Hitler won was because all of the other politicians were giving complicated and difficult explanations about difficult things. Hitler just told people simple things that they wanted to hear.”"
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12 days ago by pacpost
The Canadians could see the trouble looming in the summer of 2016.
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12 days ago by sudakshsoti
<<American ignorance about Canada has long been a fact of life — and an eye-rolling joke — for Canadians. But with the election of Trump, Americans’ lack of knowledge suddenly appeared to the inner circle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to be a geopolitical threat. What was most troubling was less that Trump lacked a sophisticated understanding of Canada-United States relations but that he apparently deliberately didn’t care to develop one. He seemed to treat facts as negotiating tools, as if conducting diplomacy with an ally was the same as a brass-knuckled, zero-sum Manhattan real estate transaction. ... rather than having a trade deficit with Canada, the United States had a relatively small but substantial trade surplus of $8.4 billion in 2017. Canada is the second-largest trading partner with the United States, with commerce of $673.9 billion in 2017; Canadians buy more goods from the United States than from China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined; nearly nine million jobs in America depend on trade with Canada. No nation is more deeply entwined with the United States, the weave so complex that it is no exaggeration to say that each country depends on the other for economic well-being, civil order and survival, though of course the United States has a much, much larger economy and Canada is more at the mercy of its neighbor. “I think there are two related megaproblems in the world right now,” she told me in her office. “The first problem is that the rules-based order is under more strain than any time since it was invented after World War II. The other very related issue is authoritarianism is starting to make gains on democracy. They’re not the same thing. The second is as much about domestic policy as it is about international politics. But they are closely related. I worry that we — and I mean Canadians, but I think this applies broadly to citizens of Western democracy — take for granted these great institutions and liberal democracy because we’ve had them for a while.” ... Nafta is the worst deal ever, remind them of what it has done,” Mulroney told me. “There are 500 million people who are 7 percent of the world’s population producing 29 percent of the world’s wealth. Canada needs to move away from overreliance on commodities like timber and oil and canola and into high-margin businesses that sell intellectual property, which is much more valuable and impervious to the predation of America. If Canada can’t rely on the United States, then what country can?->>
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12 days ago by jikatu
Credit Photo illustration by Derek Brahney. Source photographs: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press, Mandel Ngan, via Getty Images and istockphoto. T he Canadians…
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First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.
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13 days ago by edelagrave
The Canadians could see the trouble looming in the summer of 2016. June 10, 2018 at 01:40PM
13 days ago by colin.eide
Canadian government official, formerly polite, openly compares Trump to Hitler (cmts )
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Credit Photo illustration by Derek Brahney. Source photographs: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press, Mandel Ngan, via Getty Images and istockphoto. T he Canadians…
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13 days ago by kohlmannj
Freeland said she had recently come across a “terrifying” quote from Adolf Hitler, explaining his rise to power in Germany in a time of economic uncertainty and grievance. “I will tell you what has carried me to the position I have reached,” Hitler had said. “Our political problems appeared complicated. The German people could make nothing of them. ... I, on the other hand ... reduced them to the simplest terms. The masses realized this and followed me.”

If Canada can’t rely on the United States, then what country can?
She considered for a moment before replying, speaking slowly, cautiously, but with resolve. “Americans should be asking themselves that,” she said. “It’s a good question.”
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13 days ago by craigryan
First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.
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14 days ago by miaeaton
The Canadians could see the trouble looming in the summer of 2016. via Pocket
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