CBC News’ Katharine Starr and Tyler Buist report on the warnings of former Mexican congressman that Trump is bound to turn on Canada, and that Canada and Mexico should not allow themselves to be divided in maintaining a common front. His rationale makes sense, but I fear the ensuing trade war.
A former Mexican congressman and founding member of the Mexico based think tank; the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, is warning Canada that while Trump may look on Canada favourably now, it won’t last.
“It’s just a matter of time before this administration turns its eyes towards Canada. [Trump] will find some excuse to turn on Canada,” Agustin Barrios Gomez said Wednesday in an interview on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.
Barrios Gomez made his comments the same day President Donald Trump moved on his campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S., Mexico border. Trump signed executive orders to jump-start construction of a border wall and block federal grants to immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.”
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When it comes to those talks on reworking NAFTA, Barrios Gomez said Canada should not cut Mexico loose to strike its own trade deal, but rather both nations must present a united front to the Trump administration.
“I don’t think appeasement is the way to go [for Canada],” he said, calling it “the Neville Chamberlain approach” in reference to the British prime minister’s appeasement policy towards Hitler’s Germany.
“I think it would be a grave mistake if Canada did not act on principle, because when you sacrifice your principles for short-term gain, you end up losing both,” said Barrios Gomez.