Now that he is U.S. President-Elect, Donald Trump’s campaign trail proclamations could mean trouble for Canadian exporters.
Trump has called the North American Free Trade agreement the “worst deal ever” and is opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement among twelve of the Pacific Rim countries.
UBC political scientist Maxwell Cameron says Canada will have to pay close attention to Trump’s actions in the coming weeks.
“Be prepared for – potentially – a difficult and complex negotiation across a wide range of issues with the United States government.”
Cameron says it could also be disastrous for tackling climate change, as Trump vowed to cancel the Paris climate deal.
“We confront a major climate crisis that requires serious and sustained action, and to have the government of the most important industrialized country in the world and a major contributor to emissions not taking climate change seriously, it leaves me speechless.”
Trump previously promised to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement, and to back coal at the expense of greener energy.