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Infanteer said:I was going to post Ivison's editorial, but recceguy beat me to it. Its worth the read before we pop open the champagne bottles and call this a win. That being said, I'm not sure if a Conservative Party government could have done any better: the administration to the South has demonstrated time and again that it has interests - its own - and not friends. Leaders who tried to schmooze the President (Abe, Macron) got their fingers burnt.
Lesson to be learned? As Ted Campbell continuously points out on his blog, we better work on diversifying our trade - if anything to reduce our vulnerability the next time this happens.
+300 for the highlighted bit, and thanks for the plug ...
It is damned hard to diversify trade: the Americans are so close and, generally, despite the current POTUS, so open, and, also generally, so fair that it's hard to not want to put most of our trade eggs in their basket. They are, in most respects, just about our domestic market. In fact I suspect that one of Robert Lighthizer's aims is to "domesticate" Canada so that we are even more closely tied to the USA.
In this case geography is both a short term friend and, perhaps, a long term enemy.