Are the US and Canada headed towards civil war? Following three years of heated rhetoric and political turmoil, some people are suggesting that the country is on the brink of a violent clash. Read on for five things you need to know.
What is the logic behind a US-Canadian civil war?
Some people suggest a war between the US and Canada is in the offing because Canada is now importing more goods from the US than it exports. The US exports 80% of its goods to Canada, but imported only 60% of its imports from Canada in 2017. In response, President Donald Trump says it’s “just too hard” for American factories to produce goods in America, particularly making cars.
When President Donald Trump says it’s “just too hard” for American factories to produce goods in America, particularly making cars. “We will not let this happen,” Trump said last month. “And we will make our country much more attractive for companies and for people.”
But after years of mixed economic data and policy struggles in Washington, economists and others are not convinced that Trump’s rhetoric is really aimed at breaking Canada-US trade ties. Economist Robert Gordon suggests in his latest book that global trade flows in general are on the increase.