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O Canada... Examining US Relations With Our Northern Neighbor

Jun 25, 2018

When Americans think about Canada, hockey or maple syrup or Canadian politeness may come to mind. Yet tensions are running high between the U.S. administration and our friendly neighbor and longtime ally over a trade dispute that has included personal insults against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by the Trump Administration.

This hour, we take a look at our country’s relationship with our northern neighbor. A Canadian journalist and a political scientist join us to explain the implications of the trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada. And we find out whether this type of tension is unusual in the history of our two countries.

We also learn more about Canada’s ties with its indigenous people. A podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio examines how Quebec’s quest for cheap hydropower has come at the expense of some of the province’s own First Nations.

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Toronto Star:  Trump says he’ll punish ‘the people of Canada’ because of Trudeau’s news conference (Daniel Dale, June 12) - "Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro hurled insults at Trudeau on CNN and Fox News programs the following day — claiming the prime minister went “rogue,” calling his news conference “sophomoric” and a backstabbing “betrayal,” and saying there is a “special place in hell” for him. Kudlow explained that the administration was reacting so strongly because Trump could not show “weakness” to Kim in advance of the summit."

Vermont Public Radio - What a Trump-Trudeau Trade Spat Could Mean For Vermont - “Maple products are among the items that could face new tariffs by Canada. Ayres noted Vermont is among the states whose top export partner is Canada. Those exports could be further impacted by the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."

New Hampshire Public Radio: Listen to the Outside/In podcast’s four-part series “Powerline” (Sam Evans-Brown, Nov 2017) - “This is the story of how a massive, state-owned utility company came to be a symbol of the French-Canadian people. It’s also the story of how a company, with all of the force of a colonial culture behind it, used its power to try to push Quebec’s original occupants—its indigenous people—to one side. It’s the story of how that effort led to something that has become its own kind of revolution in Canada: native people pushing to regain power over their own lives and culture. And it’s a story about the environmental benefits and human costs of clean energy.” 

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.