Changes in traditional partnership. The administration of President Trump has never assertively promoted the interests of the United States in the economy, and this leads to changes in the traditional partnership of Western countries. Ottawa recently joined the Alliance for Multilateralism, which also includes Germany, France and Japan, but not the United States. Canadian Foreign Minister Crista Freeland reported that the reason for the creation of the Alliance for Multilateral International Relations was the threat to democracy from authoritarian regimes. However, representatives of European countries linked the need to create an alliance with US policy. According to them, President Trump does not recognize the principle of multilateral relations and despises such traditional institutions of the world order as the UN, the World Trade Organization, the G7, and so on. It is no secret that the traditional allies of the United States are not thrilled with President Trump’s offensive campaign, which they consider to be aimed at achieving unilateral advantages. Recently, the Canadian government expressed its intention to protect the Canadian businesses cooperating with Cuba, which were under the blow of new US sanctions.
For its part, the European Community promised to file a complaint against the United States with international bodies, or to respond to the United States with its own sanctions and counterclaims. By the way, in the past
Western US allies have already managed to withdraw sanctions for cooperating with Cuba. The question remains whether it will succeed now. Finally, it is worth noting the new conflict front, this time in the Canadian Arctic.
Recently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to admit that the Northwest Passage is under Canadian jurisdiction. The United States has never recognized Canadian jurisdiction over the passage, but the two countries have not previously aggravated this issue. Now the situation has changed, as free navigation through the territory of Canada acquires strategic importance in all respects – transport, economic, resource, military, and so on.
Trudeau: when passions cool down.
Falling liberals rating. As you know, ardent passions cool quickly. Proof of this was the growing disappointment of voters in Justin Trudeau, who had recently enjoyed almost all the adoration of Canadians. The 44 percent who voted for Trudeau liberals in 2015 now disapprove of his government’s policies. 51 percent voted for the liberals intend to vote for another party. Overall, 67 percent of voters vote for Trudeau, but only 28 percent support it. But it cannot be said that Canadians really like the Conservative leader Andrew Shire – he is supported by 40 percent and not approved by 46. At the same time, conservatives continue to confidently lead the party’s popularity rating – they have 38 percent of the popularity against 25 among liberals. But the separation of Tories from the liberals may be reduced after the climate program of the conservatives is made public. This party does not support carbon tax, but a growing part of the electorate considers it necessary. Environmental issues are central to most voters. They are concerned about 27 percent of voters. The next most important are social medicine – 24 percent, and the budget deficit – 18 percent. Thus, the main conservative theme – the financial responsibility of the government – is only in the third most important place.