Conrad Black: Trudeau’s jolly progressivism and America’s revival will bring back the brain drain

Canada voted to change governments just a year before the United States did and the countries are taking more divergent policy tracks than at any time since Pierre Trudeau warned Ronald Reagan that his proposed missile defence system was destabilizing. (It was, in the sense that the Soviet Union collapsed, the Cold War ended, and there was only one superpower left in the world.) All indications from both governments are that the NAFTA free trade talks are not going well. It is time to recognize that Canada got a very good deal in free trade with the U.S., thanks in large part to the very high esteem then-prime minister Brian Mulroney earned with president Reagan and president George H.W. Bush. He was widely criticized at the time for being a White House lap dog, but in fact, he recognized that with the United States at the height of its preeminence in the world, the only way for Canada to have any influence was to be taken seriously by Washington.

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  • People voted for this.

    • Tooth&Claw

      May they earn what they voted for, while the rest of us who did not vote for the hairstylist’s model, avoid the fallout.

    • Linda1000
      • Watchman

        “Set is my boyfriend” /sarc

      • I really wish there was a riot.

        I do.

    • Jabberwokk

      People keep blaming the obvious commentary pin cushion that is JT but it’s the Big hats of the greater Liberal party and a feels-over-reals voting block that should be the real target. JT himself believes his position is ceremonial as opposed to actual. I’m sure the likes of Gerald butts told him so.

      • Consider that a man who went into space was made to stand aside for him.

        A snowboard instructor versus an astronaut.

        Consider also that the people of Canada are not voting for him but a handful of hangers-on.

        And this is democracy?

        • Jabberwokk

          Yeah Marc Garneau.

          Bloody joke that was.

          • Marc Garneau may not be a world-beater but he’s not a snowboard instructor and a failed substitute drama teacher.

            What a joke Liberal voters are. They set the bar at mediocrity and aim lower.

  • dapto

    Trudope will win the next election because 1. he will import and give citizenship to millions and 2. Canadians are brain dead fools

  • Liberal Progressive

    The whole point of a Liberal trade agreement is to ensure everybody is fighting Global Warming and to ensure strong rights for transgendered people.

    If there is no continuation of the agreement it will all be the fault of Donald Trump and of course Stephen Harper!

  • ntt1

    we don’t have much of an alternative so far . Mr dimples is already enforcing rules about discussion of cut and dried left wing guilt trips like residential schools and muslim invaders and revealed himself to be nothing but a politically correct pudding.

    • Bla Bla

      Hurrah for the uniparty of canaduh! Whether you vote for scheer, trudeau, or singh – it doesn’t matter!

      • ntt1

        sad but true. the policies seem identical, just different diversity badges.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Conrad Black. The ex-con and guy who renounced his Canadian citizenship
    has praised Angela Merkel for what she did.

    Fuck Conrad Black.

  • Bla Bla

    Heh, that smile Trump is giving trudeau is the same smile a cat gives to its near future dinner.

  • JPfromtheeast

    Like or hate Black, on this he is quite right. WHEN NAFTA craters because of Trudeau, there will be a massive recession AND inflation AND brain drain.

    And I, for one, am watching the tea leaves to be sure I am ready to leave for the US if it is necessary, which it almost is now…