The comments and attacks made by Trump and the Trump Administration about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have caused tensions. The current tensions regarding trade tariffs between the United States and their neighbor to the north have seen some strong reactions from around the political and global atmosphere. If you’re taking hospitality courses or working in the hospitality industry (including cooks, restaurant management and staff, and more) the new dispute will affect your work with food.
1. State Reactions
The states who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election may praise his tough new trade restrictions on Canada, but according to a CNBC analysis of those states trade, they enjoy surplus in trade with Canada. On the other hand, the states with deficits with Canada were overwhelmingly Clinton supporters. Trump insists that these trade relations have been unfair due to the U.S. deficit, claiming that Canada is “winning”. However, Trump ignored the full cost and revenue of trade with Canada, which totaled $282.5 billion in export and $300 billion in imports, leaving a deficit of $17.5 billion, or $8.4 billion including the services surplus.
2. Human Responses
The U.S. embassador to Canada was alerted to a package containing a threatening letter laced with white powder shortly after the comments were made by Trump administration members. The death threat letter included threats against Kelly Craft herself, Mr. Trump, and members of his family. A mail room employee at Craft’s residence found the package and alerted the police, who tested the substance and found it harmless. Prime Minister Trudeau responded to the attack with support and the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, responded by saying that “I also expressed my support for the Ambassador following the wholly unacceptable threat made against her. She does an essential and difficult job and Canada respects her service.” Even so, Canadian politicians have agreed to boycott her 4th of July celebration in honor of America’s independence from Britian due to the dispute; this is typically the largest event that is hosted by the envoy.
3. Company, Business, and Societal Reactions
A growing number of businesses, companies, and their supporters are responding to the attacks made by Trump and his administration through boycotts. Most notably, Canadian business, companies, and their supporters are boycotting United States products. #BoycottUSA, #BuyCanadian, and #VacationCanada have sprung up with intense reactions throughout the two countries. Canadians are avoiding everything American: United States produced fresh and packaged food, United States based restaurants and food chains, and even United States travel destinations. Rather than buying American products, they are choosing to use and purchase homegrown Canadian products, or simply doing without those products that come from the United States. The United States is Canada’s biggest trading partner. Boycotting American products hurts them more than it hurts the United States, but the Canadians are sticking with it. They may be spending much more to purchase alternative non- American products but boycotts are successful, especially when they include food and drink products.