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Canada Former Canadian PM Says Don’t Let Trade Dispute ‘Poison’ Canada-US Relations

08:10  11 june  2018
08:10  11 june  2018 Source:   dailycaller.com

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the U . S . and Canada are “the closest partners in the world” and need to focus on how much they have in common instead of focusing on temporary trade disputes .

Image caption The Canada - US trade relationship has soured. What does a trade dispute with the US mean for Canada ? Former Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau famously described the relationship between Canada and the US as that of a mouse to an elephant.

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the U.S. and Canada are “the closest partners in the world” and need to focus on how much they have in common instead of focusing on temporary trade disputes.

”When we have those disagreements, we keep those disagreements isolated to the issues we’re disagreeing with because on other things…we’re on the same page,” he said. “We’re the closest partners in the world and you don’t want to see one particular dispute poison everything.”

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Chrystia Freeland will travel to Washington this week for a visit which will focus on trade talks – but also attempt to reset US - Canada relations . “ We have to prepare for the worst now,” said Colin Robertson, a former diplomat and head of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Harper said he can’t understand why the U.S. is so focused on Canada as a trade threat. “Canada is the biggest single purchaser of U.S. goods and services in the world. It’s not China, it’s not Mexico, it’s not Britain, it’s not Germany — it’s Canada.”

The former Conservative prime minister who spent almost a decade in office said Trump should ask himself just who is audience is with his anti-Canadian rhetoric. “I don’t think even Trump supporters think the Canadian trade relationship is a problem.”

a group of people standing around a plane: Canadian mounted police carry the Union and Canadian flags after the arrival of British Prime Minister Theresa May at CAF Bagotville airfield ahead of the G7 Summit, on June 7, 2018 in Saguenay, Canada. Canada will host the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie. 2018 G-7 Summit

Harper said good relations between the two countries is “vitally important” to maintain national security in both countries.

Speaking to the historic meeting between the U.S.  and North Korea, Harper also said although he remained “a skeptic” of North Korea’s intentions, he gave Trump “a lot of credit for bringing it this far.”

Harper also promoted his new book, “Right Here, Right Now.”

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Energy sector helps lift Toronto market .
The energy sector helped Canada's main stock index close higher Monday, while U.S. markets were flat to lower amid rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada have also escalated recently after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on auto imports.

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