Calling Trump out worth the risk of reigniting trade tensions: Singh
|CTVnews 06 Jun 2020 at 07:07|
OTTAWA -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that Canada calling out U.S. President Donald Trumps handling of ongoing anti-racism protests is worth the risk of reigniting trade tensions with the United States.
Certainly there is a risk, but at the end of the day, that is a calculated risk that we have to speak up when something is so wrong, Singh said in an interview on CTVs Question Period. This is where courage requires us to stand up, knowing the risks.
Over the course of the trade negotiations leading up to the ratification of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Trump imposed a series of tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, prompting retaliatory trade sanctions from Canada on a wide range of products, from playing cards to motorboats.
Singh has been critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus responses to questions about racism both in the U.S. and in Canada throughout the week and he has been calling on Trudeau to go further in his criticism of Trump.
On Tuesday, Trudeau was asked for his thoughts on Trump s call for military action in response to protests that have taken place across the U.S. in opposition to police brutality.
It took Trudeau 21 seconds to respond to the questiona long pause that circulated globallyand when he did answer, his response did not mention Trump by name once.
"It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen, it is a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades, he continued, before speaking to the need to recognize that racism remains a reality in Canada as well.