Earlier this year, Canadian Foreign Minister Ms. Chrystia Freeland got her nation into a spot of trouble when she decided to take a principled stand against the arrest of a Saudi national in Saudi Arabia and criticized the new Saudi ruler, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in a tweet.
As a result, the Middle Eastern kingdom decided to block all future investment and asked investors to pull out of Canadian trade.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The White House knows all about the apparent <a href="https://twitter.com/cafreeland?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cafreeland</a> that compared <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@realDonaldTrump</a> to dictators and “leaders” that kill their opponents. What I am told, the White House is “pissed.” Read & RT <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdnpoli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cdnpoli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NAFTA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NAFTA</a> <a href="https://t.co/65FchAcpbD">https://t.co/65FchAcpbD</a></p>— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) <a href="https://twitter.com/brianlilley/status/1042611767904428033?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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This time around, the White House has made it known via backdoor channels that they are ‘not amused’ that Ms. Freeland sat on a panel that referred to US President Donald Trump as a ‘Tyrant’ just before restarting the ongoing NAFTA negotiations.
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Two independent Canadian sources confirmed to the US press that Ms. Freeland’s appearance on the “Taking on the Tyrant” panel last week, just before negotiations were due to restart, was not appreciated and not popular in the White House.
A source stated: “Everyone knows about it and they aren’t happy. They are pissed.”
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During the panel discussion (video above), Canada’s foreign affairs minister and chief NAFTA negotiator appeared on stage for a discussion on dealing with tyrants. A video was shown that compared US President Donald Trump too, amongst others, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Afterward, Ms. Freeland discussed how to ‘deal’ with such tyrants before the women’s panel.
Furthermore, the timing of the discussions also means the Canadian government is going to want to walk away with a prize or have no deal at all to appear ‘strong’ in front of Mr. Trump’s White House administration.
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1 October elections in Quebec mean that Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau is forced to look tough for his constituents and therefore he already claimed that: “If it’s not the right deal for Canada, we won’t sign it. I think that’s what I’ve heard from Canadians as being fairly basic in their expectations of me.”
Mr. Christopher Sands, a professor of Canadian studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington admitted that “it’s crunch time. Canada is sending signals very much publicly that it would prefer no deal and it may look at other options — to give the government both the appearance of not caving [in] and some room for maneuver. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to create the kind of high pressure, no exit, game where Canada’s only option is to settle on the key terms.”
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