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Undated: Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Canada  A troubled Trump project in Toronto links to a large and unexplained infusion of funds from a Russian bank suspected of espionage and efforts to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.

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March 3: How To Move To Canada If Donald Trump Becomes President ... Pack your bags.

November 3: A Trump Tower Goes Bust in Canada  ... The failure this week of Trump Toronto showcased a familiar scenario: big promises, glitzy image, a Russian-born financier, aggrieved smaller investors – but few losses for the mogul himself.

The 65-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto has all the glitz and ambition of the luxury-brand businessman with his name in giant letters near its spire. It’s the tallest residential skyscraper in Canada, and probably the fanciest. The hotel’s sleek cream-and-black interiors were inspired by Champagne and caviar. Every room features Italian Bellino linens and Nespresso coffeemakers. Guests can book a Trump Experience outing through the Trump Attache concierge service. Their furry friends are eligible for the Trump Pets program, which “will fill your best Fido’s tummy with gourmet treats, and see them off to sleep on a plush dog bed.”

On Tuesday, a Canadian bankruptcy judge placed the glass-and-granite building into receivership, just four years after Trump and his children cut the ribbon at its grand opening. Once it’s auctioned off, whether or not Trump is the leader of the free world by then, his name may well vanish from its marquee.

December 20: Americans dream of Canada after Trump ... Americans leaving for Canada dates back all the way back to the Revolutionary War when 100,000 British loyalists fled the 13 colonies. Then there was the Underground Railroad, which brought thousands of black slaves to Canada in the 1800s.

More recently, during the Vietnam War period  between 1966 and 1975,  240,000 Americans went to Canada,  according to Statistics Canada. George Bush's 2004 re-election gave way to the biggest influx of Americans moving to Canada since the 1970s. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 9,612 permanent residents from the US were admitted in 2006.
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January 4: Wisconsin Governor Asks Trump to Counter Canada’s Dairy Policies

January 5:
Why Canada’s Marijuana Industry Loves Donald Trump

January 17: LES (U.S.A. and Canada) Urges Trump Administration to Revive Intellectual Property Protection ... LES recommends strong legal and executive leadership, a commitment to quality IP procurement, experience in monetization and/or enforcement, and a commitment to ensure respect of all global IP obligations.

January 20: Trump administration understands the importance of the U.S.-Canada trade relationship

Canada need not worry as long as American interest is addressed.

January 24: Trump doesn’t trump Canada’s trade opportunities

January 26: Meet Two Aspiring Canadian Trumps ... Think brash nationalism could never succeed in our progressive neighbor to the north? Two party-leader candidates are betting otherwise.

February 3: Canada pushing back against Trump's biometric screening plan [screenings for non-Americans entering and leaving the U.S.]

February 13: Refugees cross to Canada to escape Donald Trump

In recent months, hundreds of refugees have trickled across the US border into the western prairie province of Manitoba, which lies above North Dakota and Montana. Normally, only 40 to 60 cross each year.

February 13: Trump Whines “Canada taking Advantage of US”

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February 13: Indian techies welcome in Canada after Trump's refugee ban

Indian-origin tech leaders in Canada say the controversial visa and travel restrictions imposed by US President Donald Trump will be a boon for tech recruitment and investment in Canada.

"This provides a great opportunity for the best talent from India to come, live and work in Canada," said Shafin Diamond Tejani, the CEO of Fantasy 360, a Vancouver-based global leader in creating immersive experiences and games using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR).

"We are already getting inquiries from Indian techies, both in India and in the United States, about relocating to Vancouver," said Tejani

February 16: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that he was not playing a double game by embracing both protectionist U.S. President Donald Trump and free traders in the EU.

“To the contrary, my message on Monday in Washington was the same as here in Strasbourg,” Trudeau said. “That we as governments … need to work to create opportunities for the middle class,” he told reporters after a speech at the European Parliament, in which he had argued that the EU and Canada should take a leadership role in the global economy.

Trudeau continued that governments “need to show that we can take concrete actions to create good jobs [and] to demonstrate that we can do win-win agreements” by working together “in a respectful and responsible manner.”

The Canadian prime minister expressed hope that the EU-Canada trade deal, which was ratified by the European Parliament Wednesday and will probably enter into force in April, would help him in underlining this message to Trump.

March 1: Strategic Cousins Redux - Canada and Australia in the Age of Trump

For more than seventy-five years, Australia and Canada have looked to the United States as their primary security guarantors. Increasingly both have also looked to the Asia-Pacific for their economic prosperity.

As predominantly English-speaking, New World melting pots of largely Western, liberal, democratic, and free-trading societies, Australia and Canada have much in common. Historians, economists, anthropologists, and political scientists have mined the commonalities of these strategic cousins for decades.

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March 6: Canada gives $20-million to replace Trump’s contraception cuts

An international conference, alarmed that U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies could push women “into the Dark Ages,” has raised nearly $200-million (U.S.) from Canada and other countries to help replace Mr. Trump’s planned cuts to contraception and family planning programs.

The Canadian government announced that it will contribute $20-million (Canadian) to the hastily organized fund. The money will go to five agencies to pay for contraception supplies, counselling, safe abortion services in countries where abortion is legal and other family planning programs, primarily in Africa and other regions of the developing world.


March 23: Canada's Largest School District Stops New Trips to U.S. Over President Trump's Travel Ban 

March 24: Canada First? Trump to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline (TRP)

April 7: UK, Canada, France and Germany all support Trump strike on Syria

Russia, however says it wants an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

April 13: Succeeding in the Age of Trump: Refocusing Canada’s International Trade and Economic Priorities

April 20: Trump calls Canada a disgrace

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April 21: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau responds to Trump’s criticism of dairy industry

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he plans to be respectful and engage the United States with a fact-based approach to solving problems a day after Donald Trump called Canada a “disgrace” for policies that hurt American farmers.

Trudeau said during a news conference alongside visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Parliament Hill that he will stand up for Canada’s interests and people.

“The way to do that is to make arguments in a respectful fashion, based on facts, and work constructively and collaboratively with our neighbors,” said the Liberal leader.

April 25: Trump picks fight with Canada over dairy products and trade

April 25: Why has Trump Imposed Timber Tariffs on Canada?

Softwood lumber is one of Canada’s largest exports, and according to Statistics Canada the U.S. buys 80 percent of the supply, most of which is then used by construction companies to build timber frames for homes. In total, the trade is estimated to be worth about $6 billion a year, according to Canadian government data.

However, U.S. importers have long accused Canada of unfairly subsidising the commodity. They allege that some Canadian provinces allow loggers to fell trees at reduced rates, and then sell them at lower prices than competitors across the border. In November, U.S. lumber producers lobbied the US government to impose tariffs.

April 26: Here’s Why Trump Is Having a Cow Over Canadian Milk

Short version: We really overproduce dairy, and they don’t.

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April 26: US and Canada's very different takes on Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau phone call over lumber and milk trade ... White House insists call was 'amicable' but Canada hits out at 'baseless accusations'

April 26: Why Is Trump Risking a Trade War With Canada?

The president has softened some of his tough talk toward China and Mexico, transferring it to Canada and disputes over softwood lumber and dairy products.

May 1: 5 reasons Trump is cheesed off about Canada

May 4: U.S. farm groups pile on Canada as Trump eyes trade fairness

U.S. poultry exporters, who include Tyson Foods Inc and Pilgrims Pride Corp, as well as egg sellers, are expected to seek greater access to Canada’s tightly controlled market in renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump last month took a swipe at Canada’s dairy system, which prevents large-scale imports through steep tariffs, and moved to impose tariffs on Canadian lumber.

U.S. farmers also want changes to Canadian grain laws that automatically assign the lowest price for their wheat.

May 16: What it means for U.S. allies when Trump shares information with Russia

As reports circulate that Trump revealed classified information in a recent meeting with [Russian] Sergei Lavrov, Stephanie Carvin details what those outside the U.S., especially within ‘Five Eyes’ allied states, need to know.

June 6: Canada's foreign minister [Chrystia Freeland] slams Trump's 'America First' agenda in remarkable speech before parliament

June 7: How can the free world withstand the age of Trump? Canada has this prescription

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June 14: Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Canada ... Shady dealings north of the border

September 8: Trump making US job seekers increasingly consider working in Canada

Canada is no stranger to the controversial Trump administration, and it will likely feel its effects for years to come, particularly when it comes to jobs.

New research from career marketplace Hired shows that potential job candidates in the US are increasingly considering working for companies based in Canada.

September 12: Trump accepted illegal contribution from ‘proud Muslim’ in Canada ... Campaign in process of refunding foreigner’s contribution, spokeswoman says

September 15: Together, Canada, China and the EU Can Fill Trump's Climate Leadership Void

[And Trump wins since he gets other countries to pay the climate change bills]

October 11: Trump could envision U.S. trade deal with Canada without Mexico

October 16: Could There Be a Canadian Trump?

"Could it Happen Here" wonders if a Donald Trump could happen in Canada—or if it already has.

October 17: Only Donald Trump Could Make Canada This Mad

The president’s hard-line NAFTA demands were the breaking point for our cheerful northern neighbors.

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November 14: Canada woos the Trump-wary on The New York Times homepage

The ad says “It’s all found in Canada,” and it appears right above headlines about Trump appointing GOP chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Breitbart leader Steve Bannon as campaign chairman.

It’s a timely ad for the company — plenty of Americans have publicly expressed their intention to move to Canada to avoid a Trump presidency.

November 22: Trump's election really has sent U.S. tech workers to Canada for jobs ... Blame Canada. Or Politics.

November 26: Climate change in the age of Trump: How should Canada respond?

December 10: Canada to Set Carbon Price, Marking Split with Trump

December 12: Trump May Actually Be Right About the Trade Deficit With Canada ... Does the U.S. run a trade deficit or surplus with Canada? It depends where you look.

President Donald Trump asserted -- again -- Friday the U.S. runs “a pretty good trade deficit” with Canada. The claim was quickly rebuffed by Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, who cited American data saying the opposite was true.

“Canada does not see trade balances as a useful measure of the benefits of trade, but since the U.S. does, we’re using their own data that clearly states the United States has a trade surplus with Canada,” Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said in an emailed statement.

December 21: Canada walks political minefield with UN abstention on Trump embassy plan

The government walked away from the potentially explosive debate over Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, sustaining only limited damage: the United States said it was pleased, the Palestinians said they were fine too, and Canada's leading Jewish affairs organization expressed muted disappointment.
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January 8: Since Trump's Election, Canada's Refugee System Is Overloaded

More and more people are walking illegally into Canada as President Trump cracks down on immigrants in the United States. The increased number is testing a nation that historically welcomes refugees.

January 10: When is Donald Trump’s wall on Canada border going up?

January 11: Trump administration slaps tariffs on Canadian paper

In a decision opposed by some Republicans, the Commerce Department late Tuesday applied tariffs as high as 10% to Canadian paper. This follows American tariffs of up to 18% on Canadian lumber, imposed last year.

January 11: The Canadians Think Trump Will Try to Kill NAFTA. Are They Right?

January: 10 Ways Donald Trump Has Changed Canada Since Becoming President  ... There's some good, and there's some bad.

January 18: World’s opinion of U.S. hits new low under Trump — especially in Canada

January 20: Canadian prime minister to bypass Trump in visit to U.S. to rally support for NAFTA

The prime minister of Canada is visiting three cities in the United States next month to drum up support for NAFTA, but Donald Trump’s Washington is conspicuously not one of them.

Justin Trudeau plans to visit Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago from Feb. 7 to Feb. 10 in an effort to “further strengthen the deep bonds that unite Canada and the United States,”  ...

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January 23: Massive Pacific trade deal — without America — gets the go ahead as Canada agrees to sign on

January 24: NAFTA, Trump and Canada: A guide to the trade file and what it could mean for you

For more than 20 years, NAFTA has tied the continent's economy together. Now, Washington wants to give the trade deal a massive overhaul.

January 29: Trump's trade chief clashes with Canada, Mexico in NAFTA talks

January 30: Canada turned to the WTO because Trump has threatened NAFTA ... Canada filed a formal World Trade Organization dispute in December that seeks to protect billions of dollars of its exports to America that are suddenly under threat, in part because of President Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation. What’s different this time is that Ottawa’s dispute could also weaken a U.S. trade policy

Ottawa claims Washington is breaking WTO rules in ways that allow it to impose punitive tariffs on imports determined to be unfairly priced or subsidized. Canada mostly wants the threat of new American tariffs on its exports of lumber, paper, steel pipe and other products to stop.

January 31: President Trump, Canada May Not Be The Best Model For Immigration Reform

In recent weeks President Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions have spoken about moving to a "merit-based" immigration policy citing the Canadian policy as an example. Given the comparison and these comments, it may be worthwhile to consider a comparison between the two immigration systems.

February 7: Trudeau: Canada is 'legitimately concerned' about NAFTA but will not take a bad deal

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February 7: This US couple decided to move to Canada after Trump became president ... Robin and Heather Vargas are settling into their new Canadian home. The couple left the United States in response to Donald Trump becoming president.

February 7: Trudeau careful not to offend Trump during pro-NAFTA talk in Chicago

February 7: Canada’s Trudeau Jumps Into Race for Amazon HQ2 as American Cities Compete for the Bid

March 1: FBI officials inspecting Ivanka Trump business deal in Canada

March 5: President Trump said Canada mistreats U.S. farmers.

March 6: Trump keeps making a wildly misleading claim about trade between the US and Canada ... according to an official White House readout ... Trump told his Canadian counterpart that the North American Free Trade Agreement "leaves the United States with a trade deficit."

But the US does not have a trade deficit with Canada.

According to the US Trade Representative, the US actually maintained a $12.5 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2016, the most recent data available.

The US did run a goods deficit of $12.1 billion, but it made up for it with a $24.6 billion surplus in services trade, such as intellectual property and travel.

March 7: Canada-U.S. trade just hit an all-time high, thanks to Trump ... The Trump era has brought a golden age for bilateral relations—never have so many Americans been so willing to defend Canada

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March 8: Trudeau says Liberals 'on the right track' with Trump as Canada eyes steel tariff exemption ... PM says his government's outreach efforts have had a positive influence

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has a "level of confidence" that Canada will secure an exemption from hefty U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, crediting robust outreach efforts by his Liberal government.

Trudeau said Canada has delivered persuasive arguments to American officials about the level of integration between the two nations' economies and their close co-operation on security, from past world wars to modern-day operations.

But the prime minister said he will take it "one step at a time," since he's dealing with an unpredictable U.S. administration.

"As usual with this president, we'll wait and see what he actually does,"

March 8: Trump signs steel and aluminum tariffs that exempt Canada and Mexico and leave door open to other countries

May 31: The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on steel and  aluminum imports from Europe, Canada and Mexico after a month-long exemption expires at midnight. Steel imports will be taxed at 25 percent and aluminum at 10 percent under proclamations Mr. Trump signed in March and reconfirmed Thursday.

That may mean higher prices on everything from SUVs to cans of beer and soda as companies cope with the higher cost of imported materials as well as the expected retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports from angry trading partners.

August: Trump Insults Canada In Phone Call With Trudeau Over Tariffs

Trump may be terrible at building walls
 but he sure is great at burning bridges — according to CNN, the U.S. President had a 'testy' phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week regarding the new tariffs targeting Canadian steel and aluminum imports.

The Trump administration used an old trade law from 1962 
to justify the tariffs as a national security issue. When Trudeau asked how Canada, a longstanding ally, could be a threat to the U.S., Trump snarkily replied with a reference to the War of 1812, saying: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"

The problem with that remark
is that British troops were actually responsible for burning down the White House during the War of 1812. Canada at the time was still a colony of the United Kingdom and gained independence after the war in 1867. It should also be noted that the act Trump refers to was simply a British response to an American attack on York, Ontario in 1813.

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August 27: The United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary agreement resolving key bilateral trade issues.

Under the current law, about 62% of the parts in any car sold in North America must be produced in the region or automakers have to pay import taxes.

The agreement between the two countries could restart negotiations on NAFTA with all three parties -- the United States, Mexico and Canada.

In May, the United States imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from much of the world, including Mexico. In response, Mexico slapped tariffs on $3 billion of US goods, including steel, pork, apples, potatoes, bourbon and different types of cheese. Canada imposed tariffs on $12.5 billion of US goods, including steel, toffee, maple syrup, coffee beans and strawberry jam.

August 27: Canada said ... it would only sign a new NAFTA if it benefited the country and its middle class, despite showing optimism for progress the U.S. and Mexico made on a bilateral agreement of their own.

August 27: U.S. and Mexican negotiators worked through the day Sunday to conclude their talks, which focus primarily on autos that will be accepted without tariffs in the United States. The agreement provides that 85 percent of the parts in the car must be made in North America to be considered for tariff-free imports.

Trump had demanded a rewrite of NAFTA, claiming that Mexico was stealing jobs and taking advantage of the previous NAFTA agreement, citing the fact that Mexico enjoyed a $63.6 billion trade surplus with the United States in 2017.

Critics pointed out that much of that surplus came from cars that were assembled from parts made in the U.S. and Canada, but the total car price was included in the bilateral Mexican-U.S. trade figures.

By requiring higher content made in the U.S. and Canada, the new trade deal may fractionally increase employment in the U.S., but most of these factory jobs have now been taken over by robots.

August 27: To hear President Donald Trump tell it on Monday, the United States is abandoning the NAFTA free trade deal between the US, Canada and Mexico in favor of a bilateral agreement between the US and Mexico. And possibly a second bilateral deal with Canada.

But none of that is happening.

There is no formal free trade deal between the US and Mexico, only an agreement between the two countries on how to resolve key issues in their trade relationship as part of the NAFTA talks. The US trade representative's office officially described the agreement as "a preliminary agreement in principle ... to update the 24-year-old NAFTA with modern provisions representing a 21st century."

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September 2: Following a firm warning by President Trump to the United States’ neighbor to the north, the president of the largest union federation in the country said Sunday that given the integration of the three economies in the agreement, any reworked deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement must include Canada.

December 11: A Canadian judge ruled Tuesday a Chinese tech executive, detained at the request of the U.S., can be free on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing.

The judge said Meng Wanzhou must meet stringent conditions aimed at making sure she doesn't flee Canada for China.

Ten days after Canadian authorities detained Meng, China reportedly detained a former Canadian diplomat — ratcheting up tensions in this diplomatic row.
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January 25: U.S. tariffs on Canada, Mexico need to come off, manufacturers plead

American automakers, aluminum producers, manufacturers and farmers are running out of time, money and patience as the North American tariff standoff persists, and they're pleading with the United States to put an end to it.

Industry emissaries are warning U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that President Donald Trump's tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum, as well as their reciprocal countermeasures, are rapidly undermining whatever benefits the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will produce once it takes effect.

"The damage from the reciprocal trade actions in the steel dispute far outweighs any benefit that may accrue to them from the USMCA," the group writes in a letter released this week by a coalition of more than 40 different industry associations and lobby groups.

It currently costs $464 more per vehicle to produce a car in the United States ...  -- and between $275 and $300 of that is a direct result of the steel and aluminum tariffs.

May 4: Huawei's Meng Wanzhou sues Canada authorities over arrest

May 5: Canada is leaning on the United States to help settle a dispute with China, which has started to block imports of vital Canadian commodities amid a dispute over a detained Huawei executive.

In a sign of increasing frustration at what it sees as a lackluster U.S. response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is signaling it could withhold cooperation on major issues.

China has upped the pressure on Canada in recent weeks over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, arrested last December on a U.S. warrant. It halted Canadian canola imports and last week suspended the permits of two major pork producers.

After Meng's Vancouver arrest, Chinese police also detained two Canadian citizens.

May 6: A new poll suggests that a majority of Chinese Canadians in B.C. support the federal government's decision not to intervene in the Meng Wanzhou case.

The poll, commissioned by the Canada Committee 100 Society and conducted by Innovative Research Group, found 54 per cent of respondents agree with the government's action, while 15 per cent oppose it.
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