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President Trump is treating trade as a form of warfare. Every American president in my lifetime seems to have needed a war of some sort; Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Even the much Canadian-loved President Obama recorded the most remote, extraterritorial drone killings of any previous administration. I can't remember what President Carter's war was, but he only lasted one term, so perhaps he didn't order one.
Donald Trunp's war seems to be on the trade front. It's probably the only war that American's would put up with him waging.
So, what is the state of readiness of Canada's trade agreement paratroopers at Global Affairs Canada? Not very good in my simple judgment. Perhaps they excelled in an era of rules-based, gentile, bureaucratic negotiations with their academic economic training, but they are not the Canadian Forces trained in warfare and battle ready. Canada has clearly lost the first important USMCA melee with their polite, but tough, negotiating strategy. I would recommend they broaden the leadership team with strategists from the Department of National Defense and a few junk yard dogs at the negotiating table for the next time.
Prime Minister Trudeau did not hesitate to put the Canadian dairy industry in harm’s way. To all my fellow farmers who depend on trade to convert the production of your labour into cash, godspeed, I hope it lasts. We are in different economic times now and when push comes to shove, Canada will shove you. Watch your back.