Americans start to apologize

As I travel in the U.S., I struggle to find a Donald Trump supporter.

I am still puzzled as to how he claimed a victory in the last election because, on the whole, I see utter embarrassment from the people I gently raise the conversation with. 

Recently, the Americans have fully taken on board a true Canadian tradition over the past few years, profusely apologizing.

This is particularly apparent after Trump threatened to inflict pain on Canadian citizens because of what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did.

To be clear, what Trudeau did was to stand up to a bully. He stood up to an ignorant bully who does not even have a basic understanding of economics.

In the only way he knows how to negotiate, Trump made a series of threats to the people of Canada. Largely over Twitter and typically with typos.

Yesterday, in the U.S., I read an opinion piece on Canada. It quoted Robin Williams who was talking about the affability of Canadians.

He said that we were like a really nice apartment just above a meth lab. (Glad he said it!).

Canada is used to standing up to a foe, but, typically, it is not our allies and cousins to the south. 

The biggest challenge Canada faced against an enemy was in April 1917 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Where almost 200,000 people had lost their lives in a multi-year attempt to reclaim Vimy, Canada cleaned house.

The message is pretty simple to me. Canada may not start wars, but we are good at finishing them. 

The implications for Trump’s plan to inflict pain sadly will likely result in more pain for American citizens as the cost of materials increase and at some point the country experiences unhealthy inflation. 

For now, we may have tighten the waist belts again and buckle up for an unpredictable ride. 

Few will benefit from a protracted trade dispute with the U.S. with the benefits likely only accruing to international lawyers and negotiators.

Only time will tell now. 


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