Canada cannot control every decision made by the United States government. What we can control is the competitive position we put ourselves in, and how strong we are internally as we deal with a more unstable and uncertain world.
This is where we must face the fact that Justin Trudeau and his misguided policies have put Canada in a dangerously weak position.
It now appears that despite all government “efforts,” we are embroiled in a trade war with the United States. While much of this may be Trump’s tactic of setting a dramatic opening position for negotiations, Canada could face economic difficulties if our trade relationship with the United States weakens.
As I said, Canada can’t control what Trump does. But in the areas we can control, Trudeau has made big mistakes.
Trudeau’s first big mistake was to force a carbon tax on Canadians. This makes our economy far less competetive, and takes more money out of the pockets of consumers.
It will hurt economic growth, and slow our economy down in both the short and long-term. This comes at the same time the United States is making their economy more competitive, which gives them a far greater advantage over us in the endless competition for investment and jobs.
Trudeau’s second big mistake is expanding the government at the expense of Canadian taxpayers. As the government gets larger, more money is being directed into less efficient uses. That money is taken from Canadians, who are already overtaxed and struggling with a high debt load and stagnant wages.
This damages the consumer engine of our economy, weakening the strength of our domestic market. That forces us to rely even more on exports, which – as we are finding out – are subject to the whims of other nations.
Trudeau’s third mistake is more subtle, but it could have long-term consequences. He is a globalist, focused on winning international praise and attention rather than stand up for the interests of Canada.
Sure, he will say all the right things about protecting various industries as they are challenged by the United States, but his default position is to always favour global institutions over Canadian workers. This is what drives the carbon tax, the expansion of the bureaucracy, and the political correctness that we see emanating from the Trudeau government.
The problem with the globalist outlook is that it robs a leader of the strength of character and toughness they need to fight for the best interests of their nation. Playing nice may feel good, but our nation needs leadership that is willing to look for every opportunity to strengthen Canada and give our people a better future.
Justin Trudeau has not shown that strength, and his continued insistence on following economically destructive policies puts the prosperity of all Canadians at risk.