Currie’s Corner 628, May 31, 2018
Right now Canada is hosting the economic movers and shakers of the world. It’s the annual gathering of the ‘G 7′ where it used to seem that we were punching way above our weight as a nation of barely 35 million people. These days that ‘club’, that meets every June for cocktails and ‘photo ops’, could more appropriately be re-named the ‘G 6 against One’. Who would ever have imagined that the One would be the United States, thanks to the antics of the over-aged boy wonder who sits on the golden throne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
It is fascinating, and very scary, to watch as Donald Trump continues to raise the bar of behaviour that is anything but ‘Presidential’. He is now engaging in a full scale trade war with most of the rest of the planet, including Canada and Mexico who have foolishly been trying to play by the rules in negotiating a new NAFTA deal.
Why must Canadians be so disgustingly ‘polite’ when dealing with overgrown children who always get their own way by bullying? Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have tried to do things properly, as has been our history, because the economic stakes are so very high.
What Trump refuses to realize is that the stakes are also enormous for the thousands of Americans in Pennsylvania and Ohio who voted for him in 2016. His tariffs on steel and aluminum will end up killing thousands of American jobs if they remain in place.
Canada has now stepped out of character. ‘Selfie Boy’ pointed out that Canadians and Americans have died on many of the same battlefields, and to suggest that the tariffs are needed for reasons of ‘national security’ is beyond ridiculous, not to mention hugely insulting.
We are retaliating with what Freeland claims are the strongest sanctions that Canada has imposed against the Americans in more than 70 years. Some of them are rather comical, like the tariff on Jack Daniels which is bottled in Kentucky, the home state of Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.
June is busting out all over, and ‘sleeping with the elephant’ does not get any easier.
I’m Roger Currie