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Justin Trudeau also made it clear that the country will continue its work to defend Canada's interests, regardless of the president elected in the United States. United next November.

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The shadow of Donald Trump's return to the White House hangs more and more over the Trudeau government. On the second day of his Cabinet's closed retreat in Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday the establishment of a team of experts to defend Canada's interests following the US presidential elections next November.

This Team Canada, led by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François Philippe-Champagne, and the Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development, Mary Ng, will work particularly to defend Canada's interests and to promote bilateral agreements between Ottawa and Washington.

Canada's Ambassador to the United States, Kirsten Hillman, will also lead this group composed of experts, business leaders, unions and universities, as well as provincial and territorial partners to strengthen ties with United States in several areas.

Questioned about a possible re-election of Donald Trump, Mr. Trudeau mentions that the country must prepare for any eventuality, but wishes to recall the effectiveness of his government when it defended itself against the repeated assaults of the former American president on economic issues.

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Mr. Trump represents uncertainty. We don't know what it will bring, but we have managed well its attacks on workers or supply management in the past by renegotiating NAFTA to better protect our industries. But we must work constructively with the United States, our greatest ally, he said on these negotiations, which ultimately led to the adoption of CUSMA.

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Donald Trump could be re-elected next November, which is fueling a feeling of uncertainty within the Canadian government. (File photo)

The Prime Minister also emphasizes that no American president is easy for a Canadian Prime Minister because of the weight that the United States bears on the discussions between the two countries.

It's a complex relationship where American interests take up a lot of space in the discussions. The Canadian approach, however, remains the same: to defend Canadian interests and demonstrate that [economic] integration is a good thing on both sides of the border and that it benefits both countries, he adds.< /p>

The Canadian Prime Minister made similar remarks last Wednesday in the company of Michel Leblanc, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the day after Mr. Trump's landslide victory in the Iowa caucus. He did not hide that it had not been easy with him the first time, and that if there is a second time, it will not be easy either.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">This is not the first time that the liberal team has found itself in a situation of uncertainty linked to the American elections. At a closed Liberal government retreat in 2016, Ms. Hillman's predecessor was also asked to lay the groundwork for relations between the two states ahead of the election, which favored Hillary Clinton at the time.

Eight years later, however, recent polls show that candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck and neck, despite all the problems that the Republican leader drags around. The ambassador does not want to be caught off guard this time.

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Donald Trump represents a threat to democracies around the world, according to several members of the liberal cabinet. (File photo)

Whenever an important moment arrives for Americans, we need to make sure we are aware and doing everything we can to position Canada in the best possible way to prepare for fluctuations, or even complete changes in direction, she said in an interview with CBC News.

It's not just about Canada that a potential re-election of Donald Trump is causing a reaction. Last December, U.S. lawmakers passed a law to prevent any U.S. president from unilaterally withdrawing the United States from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a bill that appeared to be aimed at former American President Donald Trump, who does not hold NATO in his heart.

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