Canadians apologize for Donald Trump?

 

Panetta, Alexander. “Donald Trump’s Grandfather Ran Canadian Brothel during Gold Rush, Author Says.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 19 Sept. 2015. Web.

 

Thcanada 2e day after Donald Trump’s defeat of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was announced, the  Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau spoke with the President Elect to congratulate him on his victory. The call was brief, but in that time both men extended an invitation to visit their respective presidential homes. Trump’s triumph came as a surprise to many, and in Canada, people began to recall the charming relationship between Obama and Trudeau, that seemed to wither in front of their eyes.

In 2016, America and the remaining 194 countries put their seatbelts on in preparation for one of the most historic elections of all time. The world was obviously nervous: neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump were optimal candidates for President of the United States of America. If we were to rank countries from most anxious to least, America would be at the very top, followed closely by Mexico, with Canada right on their heels. Proximity in nervousness seemed directly related to proximity in borders. However, the results are in, and Trump will be serving as the 45th President of the United States, making Canadians realize the impact his presidency could have on their nation.

In an article on CBC last year, one reporter opened with, “Canadians amused by the improbable presidential run of Donald Trump might be surprised to learn the role their own country played in shaping his story.” (Panetta) This article grabbed the attention of many Canucks. How could we, one of the sweetest and more progressive countries, be responsible for contributing to the creation of Donald Trump? As it turns out, Donald Trump’s grandfather created his family fortune with a mysterious story involving moving to the Yukon during the gold rush, where he is said to have run a brothel. In turn, Grandpa Trump’s newfound fortune allowed him to move to America and continue to prosper. It can be said that, without a doubt, Canada is a little bit responsible for the election of Mr. Trump. If that upsets anyone, we will do the most Canadian thing possible, and say that we truly apologize for Donald Trump.

One presidential decision Donald Trump may make is to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): an agreement between Mexico, America, and Canada that allows the largest free trade to happen in the world. During his campaign, Trump was quoted as saying, “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed by this country.” Roughly 2.5 million Canadian jobs are dependent on free trade between North America’s countries, and therefore, renegotiation, is not optimal.

Bonnie and Clyde, Charlie and Snoopy, peanut butter and jam: somewhere in the long list of epic partners there is America and Canada. Once part of a synonymous country, these two nations behave like twins separated at birth. Until recently, that is. Most Canadians were against Trump, noting racist and inappropriate rhetoric, inexcusable behaviour, and crooked motivations as points against him. Luckily, Canada need not fear a wall between themselves and the United States. Donald Trump is sure he loves Canada, and is open to a long and prosperous relationship with them.

by Luise S.