January 25, 2017: Looking Back

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Last Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. In his inauguration speech, President Trump focused on restoring America’s economy and infrastructure. Within hours of his inauguration, the Trump Administration confirmed the President’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact. Evidently, the President’s intent will directly affect Canada, who are part of NAFTA and also signed on to the TPP. This will surely be a test for Canada’s new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland – how will the Trudeau government work with the Trump Administration? Only time will tell. 

In his inauguration speech, President Trump also vowed to “fight Islamic terrorism and eradicate it from the face of the earth”. This is a stark contrast from his predecessor, Barack Obama, who refused to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism”. As True North’s Senior Fellow, Candice Malcolm, said, “Obama failed to deliver anything resembling global peace or security” in his eight years in office and “ignored the rising threat of ISIS, and stood by as it expanded its reach across the globe”. It’s refreshing to hear that the President of the United States will finally address the global issue of radical Islamic terrorism and not be concerned about offending people with politically correct words.

Meanwhile in Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau continued his tax-payer funded campaign-style tour of Canada. While in Sherbrooke, Quebec – a woman asked in English what would be done to help Anglo-Quebecer seeking mental health services when those services are only available in French. In typical Trudeau fashion, Trudeau answered the question in French. In Dartmouth, NS, a 25-year-old man complained about the hoops he was going through to become a Canadian citizen. In response, Trudeau said, “I’m a 10th- or 11th-generation Canadian on one of my sides but my maternal grandfather was born in Scotland so I do have some idea of the challenges it takes to come to Canada and has took over the sweep of history of Canada”. Within a few months, Candice Malcolm may have enough material to write two or three more editions of “Stupid Things Trudeau says”