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It’s time to Trump-proof Canada’s foreign policy

By Stuart MacKay      

Canada must not ignore the fact that Trump and the Republican Party remain politically competitive. More than 74 million Americans voted for Trump in the 2020 election.

U.S. President Joe Biden, pictured. If the past four years of Donald Trump has taught us anything, it is that we have too often taken our relationship with the U.S. for granted. To prevent another four years of Trumpism, Canadian foreign policy toward the U.S. must be proactive, not reactive, writes Stuart MacKay. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

That sound you heard all across Ottawa on Jan. 20 was a deep sigh of relief from hundreds of politicians, staffers, and public servants, all happy to see the tail end of the Trump administration. With Joe Biden now in the Oval Office, Canadian decision-makers may assume that Canada-U.S. relations can return to the status quo. This would be a mistake. Canada must absorb the lessons of the Trump era by developing a more proactive relationship with the United States, starting by mitigating three issues that helped Trump and the Republican Party win power.

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