Donald Trump recently announced to his team that he would like to build a wall on the Canadian Border in addition to the one on the Mexican Border. These developments were announced by Trump’s team just after he finished reading a book on Quebec’s Sovereignty Movement, a book that clearly disturbed him.
On the subject of this, he recently said “It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.” Given the book he read was Canadian Federalism and Quebec Sovereignty, Trump has shown that he doesn’t think the French-Canadians can be happy living with Americans. While they probably wouldn’t relocate here, he wants to make sure that America doesn’t experience this problem that Canada is dealing with. Hence, he is going to build a wall on the northern border.
With this, another question arises… Who will pay for the wall? According to Trump, “We will make them pay for it,” but if Canada doesn’t see this as an issue, they won’t pay for the wall. These circumstances are very similar to the ones on the southern border, as Trump thinks the opposite nation should pay for the wall, but they have no interest. This wall could also fracture our relationship with Canada, one of our greatest allies in the world.
According to the U.S. Department of State, more than 1.8 billion dollars worth of goods and services flow between the two nations every day. In addition, approximately 380,000 people cross the border daily. Based on the numbers alone, this wall would be a huge inconvenience for people on both sides.
The deeper you look into this, the more it looks like this is just another one of Trump’s reckless goals for his presidency. These countries share security commitments through NATO, and they cooperate within the binational organization of NORAD. Considering the defense concerns this wall would cause, the decision to build it seems ill-advised.
President-Elect Trump will be sworn into office later this month, and it will be interesting to see how quickly he reaches a settlement with Canada on this wall. He claims he will execute most of his policies from day one, so make sure to stay updated for future developments.