November 17, 2016

The Odd Couple: How Trudeau Can Find Common Ground with Trump, Even on Trade

Vivek Dehejia, Resident Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute writes with James Dean on how Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump may find more common ground and build a productive partnership between Canada and the US, contrary to the popular expectation based on the common narrative.

 

"...Trump has signalled a willingness to pursue the Keystone XL pipeline, which was shelved by Obama. This clearly bodes well for the Canadian energy industry, an industry that Trudeau knows full well he must accommodate, especially as Alberta stagnates... 

At the top of Trump’s acceptance speech was a grand promise to repair and replace America’s aging infrastructure. And at the top of Trudeau’s Canadian agenda is the same promise. What better bargain could they make than to cooperate?...

What better time to seize on the opportunity to build north-south, at a moment when the incoming U.S. president has a cooperative Congress on board, as well as a near-record high number of Republican state governors?"

 

Read the full article published on OpenCanada.org here.

 

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