Le Devoir quotes Montréal lawyer Raymond Chrétien in an article on the Trudeau government’s reaction to the results of the US presidential election.
For former ambassador to Washington, Raymond Chrétien, there is no doubt that “the relationship will become tenser and more complicated”. Justin Trudeau wants to renew with the United Nations, not Donald Trump. The Canadian promises peace missions and has withdrawn from bombing missions against the armed Islamic State; the American has warned that he will not defend NATO countries that don’t sufficiently finance their armies (of which Canada might be accused). The election of a protectionist to the presidency also foreshadows “very complicated” softwood lumber negotiations, according to Mr. Chrétien, today a partner with Fasken Martineau. “There are many areas where we won’t see things the same way. But I think that Mr. Trudeau and his team will stand firm.”