I think what U.S. President Donald Trump is doing with all his anti-Justin Trudeau bombast is seeing whether he can make Canada blink first in trade negotiations. He’s trying to frighten us into thinking we might lose easy access to the U.S. market – a move that would be disastrous for our economy – in the hope we’ll give more concessions in any renewed Canada-U.S. free trade deal.
Will Trump walk away from a trade deal with us entirely? I doubt it. But he wants us to believe he might so that we negotiate from a position of weakness.