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Post-pandemic world presents real opportunity to change U.S.-Canada relationship, experts say

By Aidan Chamandy      

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages and the American election gets closer, Canadian foreign policy experts weigh in on how the pandemic has affected bilateral relations, and where we go from here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have divergent political interests that will lead to tough talks on reopening the border, said Chris Sands, director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade. Donald Trump. White House Flickr photograph.

As the November U.S. presidential election approaches, with the prospect of a second-Trump term a real possibility, and the COVID-19 pandemic upending life on both sides of the border, some Canadian foreign policy experts say they expect the fallout from the pandemic will have a lasting effect on the bilateral relationship and the post-pandemic period presents a good opportunity for Canadian foreign policy practitioners to take novel approaches to the age-old problem of over reliance on trade with the United States, regardless of who sits behind the Resolute desk on Jan. 20, 2021.

Aidan Chamandy

Aidan Chamandy is a reporter covering federal policy and parties for The Hill Times.
- achamandy@hilltimes.com


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