L’Actualité quotes Montréal lawyer Raymond Chrétien in an article on the change of power in Washington and what it means for the Trudeau government.
The arrival of Donald Trump will mark a turning point in the relationship between the two countries. Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau got along famously. “The personal relationship is so important between the leaders. It’s what gives the signal to both state machineries to agree on a multitude of files,” explained Raymond Chrétien, Canadian ambassador to the US from 1994 to 2000 and currently a negotiator for the Quebec government in the softwood lumber file with the US.
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau are polar opposites, continued the lawyer, a strategic advisor with the firm of Fasken Martineau. They aren’t from the same generation, don’t share the same values, and were elected based on opposite stances – one sombre, the other sunny. If Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau manage to have a strictly professional relationship, like Stephen Harper and Barack Obama, who did not get along, it would be “the best-case scenario,” said Raymond Chrétien. “But it could really be worse.”