X
HELP US MAKE SENSE OF OUR COMPLEX WORLD
The Canadian Global Affairs Institute provides credible, open access expertise on global affairs. With your support, we can continue to spark impassioned nation-wide discussions designed to help Canadians better understand their role in the international arena.
S U P P O R T   U S
SUPPORT US

In The Media

Canada: A Fair Trader and Reliable Ally

by Bruce Cochrane (feat. Colin Robertson)

Farms.com
March 1, 2017

The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute suggests the key messages Canada needs to deliver to the United States is that Canada is a fair trader and that Canada is a reliable ally.

Canada U.S. Trade under the Donald Trump administration was discussed yesterday as part of the "What's in it for U.S. Eh" seminar hosted by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg.

Colin Robertson, the Vice President and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, says the U.S. President's stand on trade, including his pledge to renegotiate NAFTA, has important implications for Canada.

Colin Robertson-Canadian Global Affairs Institute:

I think it's very important that we deliver two messages.

The first message is that we are a fair trading partner.

I underline the word fair because that is the language that Mr. Trump is using.

He's arguing that he will do fair trading deals with the world but it has to be fair and I think we are a fair trading partner.

Our trade is almost in balance.

We have a slight surplus, largely on the back of the oil exports we provide which fuels of course the American manufacturing renaissance Mr. Trump wants to create so, you take out energy, then the Americans have a surplus so I think on that issue it is important that we underline that.

The second important message that we deliver to the United States is that we are a reliable ally.

That is something Mr. Trump has also, as have most American presidents, talked about the allies not doing enough in terms of paying their way in the alliance and we need to do more.

I think the defense programs review , which is on right now, you will see an increase in Canadian defense spending, not to appease the United States but for our own interest.

The world is a more dangerous place.

There is a need for Canada for our own reasons to pay more attention to North American security and our contribution to the collective security, which is arguably a Canadian creation as well, the NATO idea that countries work together in alliance.

That is something I think you're going to see a shift in the government.

Robertson suggests we had reaped all the benefits of NAFTA within a decade and, while its renegotiation represents a challenge, it also offers an opportunity for Canada.


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
 
SEARCH
EXPERTS IN THE MEDIA

Is UN Peacekeeping Losing its Appeal?

by Jay Heisler (feat. Tim Dunne), Voice of America, July 22, 2021

Privatizing Forests; Right-Wing Extremism; Vaccine Passports; Crypto Sustainability

by Ryan Jespersen (feat. Aden Dur-e-Aden), Real Talk Ryan Jespersen, July 21, 2021

Why the Canadian Forces need big iron

by David Reevely (feat. David Perry and Ron Lloyd), The Logic, July 21, 2021

U.S. not rushing to ease travel restrictions at Canadian border

by James McCarten (feat. Laurie Trautman), National Observer, July 21, 2021

The Road to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035

by Larysa Harapyn (feat. Brian Kingston), Financial Post, July 20, 2021

Canada to Reopen Border with US to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

by Craig McCulloch (feat. Laurie Trautman), Voice of America, July 20, 2021

Country-of-origin labelling discussion re-emerges in U.S.

by Jennifer Blair (feat. Fawn Jackson), Canadian Cattlemen, July 20, 2021

Invited but Not Let In: Canada Places Thousands of Lives on Hold

by Reedah Hayder (feat. Andrew Griffith), Toronto Star, July 15, 2021


LATEST TWEETS

HEAD OFFICE
Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Suite 1800, 150–9th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3H9

 

OTTAWA OFFICE
Canadian Global Affairs Institute
8 York Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5S6

 

Phone: (613) 288-2529
Email: [email protected]
Web: cgai.ca

 

Making sense of our complex world.
Déchiffrer la complexité de notre monde.

 

© 2002-2021 Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Charitable Registration No. 87982 7913 RR0001

 


Sign in with Facebook | Sign in with Twitter | Sign in with Email