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Where does Canada go post-COVID-19? – The Hill Times



Where does Canada go post-COVID-19?  – The Hill Times

Opinion

By David Carment and Richard Nimijean      Apr. 20, 2020

Canada’s dependence on the U.S. will be tested. The idea that Trump would consider putting troops on our border, or that he would order 3M to stop sending N95 masks to Canada, confirms that the ‘special relationship’ is over. Free trade will continue, but Canada will look elsewhere for reliable partners as it develops its post-COVID strategy.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photograph. Politically, if we plank the curve, Mr. Trudeau will weather the minority Parliament and gain a majority in a few years, citing the need for strong leadership in the face of rebuilding the economy. If he falters, the hard-liners’ agenda will prove to be the wedge that keeps Canada a divided nation, write David Carment and Richard Nimijean.
Photograph courtesy of Global Affairs Canada

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, Canada will engage in fundamental debates about its future—health care, economic strategy, the role of government in the economy, and Canada’s international relations. In many ways, these debates will not only be between differing viewpoints on any one issue but on those who look to the past for inspiration and those who look forward.

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