It's been a little over one year since Donald Trump became President of the United States. Yes, it's felt like far longer, and it's scary to think we have another three years to go, but that's where we are.
Obviously a switch-up in the leadership of Canada's closest trading partner and nearest neighbour is going to have an impact on Canadians. But Trump's entrance into the Oval Office heralded a lot of change.
To keep track, here are ten ways Donald Trump has changed Canada since becoming president.
No More NAFTA
Well, not exactly “no more,” but the North American Free Trade Agreement isn’t going to be the same int he wake up Trump. Fervently criticizing the trade deal since his campaign, the Trump administration is trying to rework NAFTA to better suit the United States. Canada is currently figuring out a new form of NAFTA with the U.S. and Mexico, but talks aren’t exactly going smoothly.
Increased Trading With Other Countries
With the United States putting itself first in all-things economic, thanks to President Trump, Canada has had to foster trade deals with other countries. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is one example, and Canada is also trying to increase trade with countries in Asia.
More Immigrants Coming To Canada
Temporary Protection Status isn’t going to last long for many immigrants in the United States. The Trump administration has said they won’t renew the TPS, affecting various ethnic groups, and causing many to come to Canada. Many Haitians have already crossed the U.S.-Canada border and other groups (Salvadoran, Honduran) may follow suit.
Canada Taking In More Immigrants
The immigration-impact of President Trump isn’t one-sided in Canada. The Trudeau government, perhaps in response to the United States’s rise in isolationism, has pledged to accept one million new immigrants in the next three years. This isn’t necessarily directly tied to President Trump, but the announcement did make Trudeau look extra fine on the world stage, in comparison.
More Tech Talent In Canada
Since so many foreigners don’t know if they’re able to stay in the United States (or enter) in the long-term under President Trump, more and more people have been choosing Canada, instead. For example, students who may have wanted to go to school in the U.S. are opting for Canadian institutions. This has had a marked effect on certain sectors, particularly the tech industries, as foreign talent are looking to avoid the U.S. and are coming to Canada instead.
Canadians Not Knowing If They Can Get Into The United States
Crossing the U.S.-Canada border used to be a pretty simple affair. Then Trump imposed his travel ban, making some Canadians really confused (and probably scared) about whether they could actually enter the United States. The ban was blocked by the courts, of course, but that hasn’t been the end of the border-drama. Getting into the U.S. has become a lot harder since Trump came into power, with American border personnel cracking down on Canadians.
Canada Spending More On Its Military
President Trump doesn’t really like that America spends so much on its military while other countries spend far less, Canada in particular. Trump has called on Canada to increase military spending, and Trudeau actually listened. Canada is boosting defence spending by 70% in the next ten years.
A Greener Canada
Climate change isn’t a priority for Donald Trump. This is the guy who called climate change a hoax fabricated by China, after all. And while America pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords and increases investment in fossil-fuel production, Canada has done the opposite. A national carbon-pricing plan was set up as Canada orients itself as a greener nation in contrast to the United States.
The Rise Of White Nationalists
Trump’s philosophy of xenophobia has definitely permeated into Canada. The increased prevalence of far-right groups like La Meute basically prove it. It’s scary stuff, but it’s a reality we al need to address.
Trudeau Doesn’t Look So Good
Canada is falling out of love with Justin Trudeau, and it may be President Trump’s fault. When Trudeau was elected, we all thought he was a liberal, environment-loving feminist. Not to say that still isn’t true, but some of the decisions Trudeau has made to appease the U.S. paint the Prime Minster in a different light. The Keystone XL pipeline project is probably the best example, an environmentally un-friendly project Trump wants to make happen and Trudeau has signed Canada on for.