5 Reasons Why The Meeting of Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau is Historic

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump are the true definition of what is known as “opposite poles”. It is quite imminent that when the two of them meet, it will be a historic moment. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently famous for his liberal policies. He allowed over 40,000 Syrian refugees to take shelter in Canada while U.S. President Donald Trump barred them from entering the U.S. Let us take a look at who these world leaders are and what they have been doing since they both assumed office and also what they emphasized in their electoral campaigns.

Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau

Donald Trump is an American Business Man, Television Personality and the 45th President of the U.S. During his electoral campaign he drew attention towards domestic issues. Issues such as illegal immigration, offshoring of American jobs, the U.S. national debt, and Islamic terrorism. After assuming the office Trump’s platform emphasizes renegotiating U.S.–China relations and free trade agreements such as NAFTA. He also plans to renegotiate Trans-Pacific Partnership, strongly enforcing immigration laws, and building a new wall along the U.S.–Mexico border. His other positions include pursuing energy independence while opposing climate change regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, modernizing and expediting services for veterans, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, abolishing Common Core education standards, investing in infrastructure, simplifying the tax code while reducing taxes for all economic classes, and imposing tariffs on imports by companies’ offshoring jobs. He advocates aggressive military action against ISIS.

Donald Trump

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Justin Trudeau is the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada who assumed office on 4th November 2015. He created history by leading the Liberal Party to a huge victory by winning 184 of the 338 seats. His first legislative priority was to lower taxes for middle-income Canadians and raise taxes for the top one percent of income earners. He also issued a statement promising to rebuild relations with indigenous people and run an open, ethical and transparent government. On November 5, 2015, the party announced that it would reinstate the mandatory long-form census that had been scrapped in 2010, effective with the 2016 census. During a Maclean’s Town Hall with Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on December 16, 2016, the Prime Minister was asked to comment on the rantings of Republican presidential contender Donald J. Trump to which he answered, 

“First of all, I think it is extremely important that someone in my position doesn’t engage in the electoral process of another country, so I am certainly going to be very cautious about engaging in this particular topic just because I think it’s gonna be important for Canadians, for Canadian jobs, for Canadian prosperity to be able to have a positive relationship with whoever American’s choose as their president. However, I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that I stand firmly against the politics of division, the politics of fear, and the politics of intolerance or hateful rhetoric.”

“I stood clearly against that in the divisive issues put forward by the former premier of Quebec, I took a very strong stand against the previous governments playing dangerous games with citizenship issues. I think Canada and indeed any modern society does best when we understand that diversity is a source of strength, not a source of weakness, that the elements on which we are similar or always far greater than the elements on which we are diverse. “

“If we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer, fear doesn’t make us safer, it makes us weaker and at this time when there is reason to be concerned for security around the world and here at home we need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and keeping our communities united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities.”

“Not meaning to talk directly but if we allow politicians to succeed by scaring people, we don’t actually end up any safer, fear doesn’t make us safer, it makes us weaker and at this time when there is reason to be concerned for security around the world and here at home we need to remain focused on keeping our communities safe and keeping our communities united instead of trying to build walls and scapegoat communities, not meaning to talk directly but the Muslim Community, they are predominantly the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world at the present time and painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it’s irresponsible.

Justin Trudeau

So now you know why Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been in the limelight for quite some time now. Let us look at the reasons that make their meeting a historic moment. We will also catch up on what happened at the meeting.

1. The Vast Difference in Their Ideologies

While President Donald Trump appointed three billionaires to his cabinet, PM Justin Trudeau only attended mansion fundraisers. Let us look at a sample quote from their major speech, while Trudeau said “Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways.” Donald Trump was heard saying “Sadly, the American dream is dead.” If this doesn’t convince you then let us take a look at the declaration about climate change from both these world leaders. Trudeau said “We will not leave our grandkids with the burden of climate change. We must act now.” Whereas Trump thinks “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Both these leaders are very different from each other and so their meeting is historic.
Differences in their ideologies

2. Their Stance on Syrian Refugees

While U.S. President Donald Trump set a wave of alarm all over the globe by signing a new executive order. this order puts suspension on the refugees from the 7 Muslim-majority countries and also imposing tougher treatments on them, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcome all the 40,000 Syrian refugees who had to flee their nation due to the breakout of war. P.M. Trudeau thinks that it is wrong to paint the Muslims with the same broad brush as ISIS and that these refugees are the most misunderstood communities. Donald Trump has clearly stated that he thinks that all these refugees can turn radical and may be a threat to their nation.

Their stance on Syrian Refugees

3. The Trading Policies of Both The Countries

Relations between the U.S. and Canada are very crucial since about more than 75% of Canada’s exports go to the U.S. The trade relationship between the two countries crosses all industries and is vital to both nations’ success as each country is one of the largest trade partners of the other. Although the mutual relationship of both the countries is necessary for their growth, the Canadians are worried that Mr. Trump might also target them since he is already targeting Mexico and Syria.

Their Trading Policies

4. Their Rapport

Since Donald Trump is a senior President so it will be very crucial for Justin Trudeau to form a good rapport with the President when he meets with him. If they are able to form a good rapport then it is highly likely that Canada will become one of the most important friend of the U.S.. Obama and Trudeau have shared a great relationship in the past, although it is highly unlikely that Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau to develop such a relationship but some friendly relationship will certainly be of benefit to Canada.

The Rapport of Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump



U.S. President Donald Trump has been very firm on his policies against Mexico by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Even though Canada has nothing to worry about even if the NAFTA is renegotiated, yet he has to be on the good books of The U.S. President. Justin Trudeau had to choose his words carefully. He had to give more importance to the rights of the Canadians and keep his ideologies at bay.



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Overall this event is going to be a historic one. It will certainly have a huge effect on the U.S. – Canada relationships. So if you agree with our list then comment in the section below. You can also post your views and comments.

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