Canada-U.S. Tensions Rise as Ontario Votes and Quebec Hosts G-7
Doug Ford, brother of the embattled late mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, will be the premiere of Ontario after a decided victory in Thursday’s provincial elections. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party capitalized on distrust in the media, which has largely consolidated around Toronto, hundreds of miles from other population centers in Canada’s most populous province. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been critical of global right-wing populism, is hosting President Trump for a G-7 summit in Quebec. Canada has led the global protest to American economic nationalism. NAFTA will be a major topic of discussion at this summit. When President Trump said he would impose 25 percent tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on national security grounds, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded with incredulity on CNN. In a tense phone call this week, Trump accused Canada of burning down the White House during the war of 1812. To discuss local and international populism with Canada, we’re joined by journalist Jesse Brown. He’s the host of the Canadaland podcast.