Christy Clark slams Trump on trade, warns of ‘poisoned’ relations
Donald Trump has called NAFTA a ‘disaster’ that ‘shouldn’t exist,’ worrying the B.C. premier
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: May 07, 2016 5:00 AM ET
B.C. Premier Christy Clark is taking presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to task for his anti-trade stance — equating it with building a wall between the U.S. and Canada.
“It’s not helpful when down in the States there are serious presidential candidates who are talking about building a wall between Canada and the United States. Trade barriers are just another kind of wall,” Clark said in an interview with Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House.
“I’d remind Americans that America was never made great, and no American president is remembered as great, because he built walls.”
The comments come as Canada and the U.S. are still haggling over a new softwood lumber trade agreement. Clark said Friday that she’s hopeful the two sides can craft a deal by summer’s end before presidential politics heat up further.
Canada’s State Broadcaster is making fewer and fewer articles available for comment. Those that are still open for comment tend to be articles with absolutely no relevance, such as a story about an British icebreaker being named “Boaty McBoatface.”
Today, CBC had several stories up on its website regarding Donald Trump. Most comments were disabled, perhaps because the comments on stories that are open are not going MotherCorp’s way.
The overwhelming tone of the comments are pro-Trump. Canadians are not anti-Trump and are demanding change in their own country as well. Comments that disparaged or insulted Trump not only had pro-Trump replies, but had significantly more down-votes than up-votes (the “dislike” button is a new innovation to CBC.ca, although they have yet to discover an “edit” button).