Canada rallies to Trudeau after Trump’s insult

OTTAWA: Canadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on Monday (Jun 11) after his cautious and polite defense of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US President Donald Trump.

The United States is Canada’s single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling US$673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a US$8.4 billion surplus.

Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to up-end the trade relationship, insisting that the US is the loser, and has demanded that the North…

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