During a town hall meeting in Belleville, Ontario, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answered a question from the audience that left no doubt about how he felt about Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S.
Without naming names, Trudeau took a firm stand on Canada’s policy on immigration and women’s rights, and drew clear lines between our northern neighbor’s priorities and those that seem to be evolving from the new Republican regime under the amateur politician, Donald Trump.
As reported by CNN, when an audience member asked the prime minister how Trump’s administrator will affect Canada’s relationship with the U.S., Trudeau told his audience:
‘Canadians expect their government to have a constructive working relationship with the incoming American administration, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.’
The liberal-leaning prime minister also said that Canada expects to have a good working relationship with the U.S., but will firmly stand by its own values.
‘Canada is a separate country from the United States and there are things that we hold dear that the Americans haven’t prioritized. I’m never going to shy away from standing up for what I believe in, whether it’s proclaiming loudly to the world that I am a feminist, whether it’s understanding that immigration is a source of strength for us and Muslim Canadians are an essential part of the success of our country today and into the future.’
He also assured his audience that he would be looking out for Canadian interests when it came to trade agreements with the U.S. and other foreign nations.
‘We’re going to make sure that we are fighting for Canadian jobs, Canadian economic growth, for opportunities for Canadians as it regards both our relations with the United States and indeed with the world.’
Trudeau is also expecting that the U.S. and Canada may have to hammer out a few areas of conflict.
‘These are issues that are things we can have discussions on and respectful disagreements on with our neighbors to the south, if indeed we have to have disagreements on them.’
Trudeau has made no efforts to hide his concerns about a Trump presidency. In March 2106, even the Canadian prime minister was making jokes about Americans moving to Canada should the former TV reality show star win the election.
After joking about the loveliness of Cape Breton, a Canadian town that was encouraging Americans to emigrate there, Trudeau stated
‘I’m not going to pick a fight with Donald Trump right now. But I’m not going to support him either, obviously.’
You can watch Trudeau’s comments from the town hall meeting on Thursday below:
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