Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cash, News and Tiptoeing around Trump: 3 Ways Politics Touched Us This Week

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cash, News and Tiptoeing around Trump: 3 Ways Politics Touched Us This Week

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Three ways politics touched us this week

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OTTAWA - To listen to Justin Trudeau as he trekked across Western Canada this week, one might think nothing of huge significance had happened south of the border. But the world couldn't look away as Donald Trump made headline after headline in his first days as U.S. president.

There was pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, threatening to do the same with NAFTA and approving -- sort of -- the Keystone XL pipeline. And Trump wasn't done, not by a long shot.

From contemplating the use of torture and tightening up immigration to provoking the beginnings of a trade war with Mexico, the week's decisions were profound, disparate and quick, shocking many a government official into perplexity.

As Trudeau and his federal Liberals tiptoed around him, they began incrementally to define how best to approach the Trump administration -- a fixation that all but obscured other key developments on fundraising and how to save the struggling media industry.

Here are a few ways politics touched Canadians this week:

ON TENTERHOOKS OVER TRUMP

As Trudeau gathered with his cabinet in Calgary to prepare for next week's return to the House of Commons, they hunkered down to strategize and re-evaluate Canadian politics in light of all things Trump.

They heard from Canada's ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, as well as Stephen Schwarzman, chairman of Blackstone and also the head of a business advisory council to U.S. president.

Despite repeated public comments from the ministers about common ground, the federal government did leave a few markers.

On the anti-Trump side of the ledger, Trudeau used Twitter to congratulate and praise the Canadian women who marched last Saturday in solidarity with more than a million people other protesters around the world. But none of his cabinet members were seen marching.

Also, his government reiterated its intention of storming ahead with its climate change plan despite Trump's stance against the Paris accord to reduce emissions.

On the pro-Trump side, the government has put on hold its plan to send peacekeepers to Africa until it gets a better idea of how Canada can work with Trump's defence agenda. …

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