Canada has engaged in discussions with congressional allies and advisers of former U.S. president Donald Trump in an effort to establish a solid foundation for a potential re-establishment of relations when Trump resumes office the following year, according to Canada’s ambassador to the United States.
Ambassador Kirsten Hillman notes that these discussions have been constructive and have not been influenced by Trump’s erratic relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his presidency, nor by Trudeau and the Liberals’ recent reference to Trump’s right-wing populism when discussing the Conservatives at home.
Hillman responded, “No one has commented to me on that,” in response to an interview question regarding Trudeau’s remarks made by Eric Sorensen and which broadcast on The West Block on Sunday.
“Our focus is typically on results.” Our primary emphasis is on identifying the policy concerns that are fundamental to the American and Canadian populations.
Among these outcomes is the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement during Trump’s first term, which Hillman describes as “a truly significant success” in the eyes of both Canadian and American officials. She further stated that politics have no bearing on discussions regarding other shared priorities.
“My experience is that on those local issues — economic security, environmental security, national security, food security — those are not partisan issues,” according to her. “Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party seek to reassure their voters and constituents of the aforementioned.” “We engage in discourse regarding the pertinent matters.” We discuss how leveraging their partnership with Canada to its fullest potential contributes to the achievement of their objectives.
As part of a “Team Canada” effort to ensure relations remain on track after the November elections, Trudeau tasked Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Trade Minister Mary Ng with collaborating with industry groups, civil society organizations, and other levels of government on cross-border relations last month. Additionally, Hillman and her team in Washington are vital components of the strategy.
Although Hillman explicitly stated that discussions are taking place with Republicans and Democrats in preparation for any outcome, the likelihood of Trump securing a second term has intensified significantly over the past week.
A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted last month found that in a hypothetical matchup, Trump leads U.S. President Joe Biden 34% to 44%. Six points remained in Trump’s favor over Biden in the poll when third-party candidates were accounted for. At present, Trump is in a dominant position in the Republican presidential primary, and he is anticipated to secure the nomination by March at the latest.
Additionally, the survey revealed that three-quarters of voters consider Biden, 81, to be too elderly to continue in government, while only half of respondents held the same opinion regarding Trump, 77. A special counsel report on an investigation into Biden’s management of classified documents repeatedly cited his “poor” and “fuzzy” memory and “diminished faculties” as reasons why criminal charges should not be brought last week, adding to existing concerns regarding his advanced age.
Amidst numerous judicial delays, the probability of Trump being found guilty in any of the four criminal cases that were lodged against him prior to the election has diminished.
Hillman responded, “When asked about the discussions, we are talking to Republicans who are advising former president Trump and his strategists, as well as his allies in Congress and at the state level.”
Trump “represents a certain amount of unpredictability” in the Canada-U.S. relationship, according to Trudeau, and his policies have been compared negatively to those of Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. However, Hillman and the individuals she interacts with are not preoccupied with this.
“People who are supporters of President Trump are not distressed by being pointed out as being supporters of President Trump,” according to her. “They’re proud to be supporters of President Trump.”