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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in London in December 2019. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Canada needs to see the U.S. and its trade motives clearly

Canada’s free-trade obsession has made us overly reliant on global supply chains. That's a huge unforced error given that 19 years ago, 9/11 showed us just how quickly border policy can change.
Canada and the United States share a border and other geographical ties. But the coronavirus has underscored the need to ease our dependence on the U.S. Niagara Falls, Ont., is seen from the American side of the falls. (Pixabay)

Coronavirus shows why Canada must reduce its dependence on the U.S.

With COVID-19 radicalizing the already radical presidency of Donald Trump, Canada may be forced to confront its dependence on the U.S. more directly and with greater urgency.
Fireworks explode over the Toronto skyline, during the opening ceremonies for the Pan Am Games in July 2015. Toronto is among several global cities that are driving trade in services among countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rebecca Blackwell

How global cities are changing international trade

Cities have not been central to public policy discussions on trade growth and diversification that are typically centred on trade pacts between countries. But cities are now driving a lot of trade.

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