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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Prince Harry attends a briefing by MapAction to learn more about the charity's response to the recent Nepal earthquakes, ahead of his tour to the country later this month on March 16, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Prince Harry confirms relationship with Meghan Markle, attacks media

NEWS STAFF AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2016

Prince Harry has confirmed he is dating Suits actress Meghan Markle in a strongly-worded statement accusing the media of harassing her.

In the highly unusual statement, issued by Kensington Palace on Tuesday, he denounces the “wave of abuse and harassment” she has been subject to.

Many of these attacks have racist and sexist undertones, the Palace said.

The statement said the Prince was compelled to defend “his girlfriend” as well as her family.

Click here to read the full statement.

“The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.

“Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life,” the statement read.

Prince Harry, 32, and Markle, 35, have only been dating for a few months, the statement said, but the prince is already worried about her safety.

“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.

“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.

“He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done.

“He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.”

Canada’s U.S. fixation peaks as Americans head to the polls

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waits behind his podium as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton makes her way off the stage following the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Americans are finally heading to the polls today — and Canada has a front-row seat.

Even those north of the border with only a passing interest in politics will be watching the final instalment of a jaw-dropping election campaign unmatched in modern American history.

The first wave of polls close at 7 p.m. ET, including Georgia and Virginia, with results from the key states of North Carolina and Ohio after 7:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m., Florida and Pennsylvania — must-wins for Trump — will be among more than a dozen states reporting results, with Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan among several more closing at 9 p.m.

A winner likely won’t emerge until after 11 p.m. ET.

If Clinton can win either Florida or Pennsylvania, she’s almost unstoppable. Trump likely needs Florida, along with Ohio, North Carolina, Arizona, and either Michigan or Pennsylvania. Neither of the latter two have voted Republican in decades.

Canada, of course, is far from a disinterested observer.

“Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant,” the father of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Americans at Washington’s National Press Club in March 1969.

“No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”

Friendly and even-tempered is not how anyone would describe the 2016 presidential race between Trump, the oh-so-improbable Republican nominee, and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

This thrashing nightmare of an election year has long since alarmed Mexico, Canada’s other partner in the North American free trade bed and a primary target for Trump’s sharp anti-trade, anti-immigration elbows.

But unlike Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has made no secret of his concern about a Trump presidency, Justin Trudeau remains above the fray.

“Any responsible government is looking at what various consequences could be for Canadians, for the Canadian economy, of various measures or various policy positions that the potential next president of the United States — our largest trading partner — might take. That’s simply responsible,” Trudeau said late last week while waving off a question about Tuesday’s outcome.

“I’m going to have faith in the American political process and reassure Canadians that I will work with whomever gets elected to continue to defend Canada’s interests and grow our economy.”

Even so, the stakes are high, said Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“I would like us to be in a position where the discussion is going to be (about) how rapidly and how imaginatively can we deepen our partnership. Instead, what I think what we’ll be looking at is, how do we maintain the progress we’ve been making?”

And it’s not just about whether Clinton or Trump prevails to win the White House.

Tuesday’s voting also will determine the composition of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives and of the Senate, which could conceivably see a majority of Democratic senators elected.

Mattress fire at Parkdale apartment; one in hospital

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2016

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One person is in hospital after a mattress fire at an apartment building in Parkdale.

The fire began on Tyndall Avenue, near King and Dufferin streets, around 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

The fire started in a unit on the eighth floor. One person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, while two others were treated by paramedics at the scene.

The cause of the fire, and the cost of the damage, are not yet known.

Steak Queen restaurant fire under investigation

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2016

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The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire at Steak Queen restaurant.

The fire began around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday on Rexdale Boulevard near Martin Grove Road.

When firefighters arrived, flames were visible on the roof. Firefighters had the fire knocked down by 2:10 a.m.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire and the cost of the damage are not yet know

Scenes of U.S. campaign: A bid for history meets democracy as reality TV

Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 7th, 2016

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Hillary Clinton’s voice was being drowned out at her own rally. A murmur rippled through the overflow area, the supporters watching her speech from a nearby screen.

The commotion: a guy in a Donald Trump costume.

People were swarming the fake Trump for selfies during a Clinton event at a Florida college. Amid the babble, one woman shouted in annoyance, “We’re trying to listen!”

It was a rough year for that.


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Tuesday’s election concludes a campaign where Clinton’s history-seeking bid to become the first female president was overshadowed by a carnival of cringe-inducing moments: sordid sex allegations, FBI investigations, emails, Russian hackers and a billionaire showman who turned American democracy into a reality-TV contest.

Clinton’s team reached its conclusion early: this election would be about him. Last spring, network cameras spent a half-hour airing live footage of an empty stage where Trump was about to speak – while Clinton was actually speaking elsewhere.

“He’s going to dominate the news cycle,” Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri predicted.

Ask Americans to describe Clinton’s campaign message – prepare for blank stares. In one interview, she cited the influence of “Our Kids,” Robert Putnam’s sweeping survey of an America shattering into isolated social classes, where one generation’s wealth increasingly determines whether the next gets a good school, a healthy lifestyle, even infant interaction that stimulates neural development.

She wrestled with the slogan – 85 different options, according to Wikileaks, before her team settled on “Stronger Together,” a platform that demands the U.S. join other developed countries in providing parental leave, offer tuition-free public college, and create tax incentives for companies to share profits with workers.

Trump’s tagline proved far more memorable: “Make America Great Again.”

He poisoned his poll numbers with women and minorities, making remarks that thrilled race-baiting Internet trolls and the Ku Klux Klansmen who championed him across their latest newspaper front.

But Trump rattled the right cages. Primary voters wanted to shake their party establishment. They also enjoyed the show, lining up for hours at rallies and delivering record-smashing TV ratings for the most unpredictable entertainer in politics.

One early supporter kept bursting out in belly laughs at a rally before the New Hampshire primary. With each guffaw, Chip Paquette elbowed his neighbour to make sure he’d gotten the joke.

He howled in faux-shock when Trump dropped a four-letter word.

“He’s a little rough around the edges,” Paquette said. “But I respect what he says. He’s telling the truth. And I don’t like the politically correct crap. Because I’m not politically correct, believe me.”

He was fine with banning every Muslim travelling to the U.S. – Trump’s stated policy, for a while. Paquette knows Muslims, and they’re nice. But he said the country needs to get tough. A retired cop, Paquette wistfully recalled that he used to be able to punch a suspect and, back then, nobody complained.

Nostalgia also rolls through Appalachian mountains. Towns that once mined coal, cast steel and built a superpower now have boarded-up downtowns and vines covering abandoned houses. Union workers and Democrats once filled this region where Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia meet.

Now there are fewer people, unions, and Democrats.

A county coroner predicted Democrats would get buried in these Appalachian foothills: “Trump will win the state of Pennsylvania,” said David Gabauer, elected coroner last year as Republicans won Beaver County for the first time in six decades.

He couldn’t point to any one issue: “It’s (Trump’s) attitude.”

Some here are skeptical, including Jack Manning, the head of the local chamber of commerce, who has a detailed plan to diversify the area’s steel-based economy. Trump is promising jobs that no longer exist, says Manning – they’ve been mostly automated.

While attempting to explain Trump’s appeal, one area official pauses, ensures a reporter’s recorder is off, and says: “Part of it’s racism.” He says he knows people who never accepted having a black president. They now see Democrats as the ethnic-minority party.

An area newspaper columnist shares the assessment.

“I’ve said … 25 to 30 per cent of the anti-Obama vote around here was based on race. I’d say that’s the minimum. It might be higher,” said J.D. Prose, who writes for regional newspapers.

“I don’t know how much race is a factor in this election, though Clinton is seen as an extension of Obama.”

Much of American politics is actually a subliminal conversation about race, Ian Haney Lopez argues in his book, “Dog Whistle Politics.” He describes how, after segregation ended in the 1960s, politicians started talking about welfare, prison sentences, the drug war, as a wink to working-class white voters.

Race pops up in unpredictable places.

Sources within the FBI kept leaking to some news outlets that detectives were being stymied while probing possible corruption at the Clinton Foundation. Media reports and Wikileaks pointed to a slew of conflicts-of-interest. But another police source told The Guardian many agents were biased: “The FBI is Trumpland.”

This internal feud was somehow related to Black Lives Matter, according to another report. The Washington Post described an intra-agency battle, with New York agents furious at Washington officials for urging charges in Eric Garner’s police-related death.

Racial subtext became text at the Republican convention.

Six police officers were shot in Baton Rouge the day before it started. In his convention speech, Trump resurrected a phrase used by Richard Nixon and segregationist George Wallace as they competed for white southern votes in 1968: “Law and order.”

It was a deliberate choice.

Before the speech, Trump’s since-departed campaign manager, Paul Manafort, said he was inspired by Nixon’s convention address. Trump also promised to bring back the jobs of 1968 – in steel, coal, and other manufacturing.

“I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals,” he said. “I am your voice.”

That message of economic nationalism stirred noisy passions. Motorcycles rumbled into a rally of bikers for Trump last month in Florida, where speakers complained about politicians who sold out workers to foreigners – they specifically mentioned the Chinese and Arabs.

One leather-vested speaker pulled a middle finger while referring to Paul Ryan, the top congressional Republican. That animus against the political establishment isn’t likely disappearing after Tuesday.

The Republicans’ county chair got weepy-eyed at the rally. His hand on his heart, Bob Sutton welled up during the national anthem. He fears for the country, fretting about socialism killing the free-market system.

Others see a different story unfolding.

It’s about a country always innovating and reinventing. Even at the Republican convention, as Trump lamented the demise of old jobs, kids at a nearby kiosk were demonstrating new technology: artificial intelligence, facial-recognition software which guessed the age and mood of passersby, and a 3D printer turning wax into convention buttons.

More Americans are attending college. Women now outnumber men there. Visible minorities are increasingly present. The Latino percentage of postsecondary students has almost tripled since 1990, while African-Americans’ share is up more than half.

Together, these groups form an increasingly potent electoral coalition.

It elected Barack Obama, and keeps growing.

Nancy Osores just joined its ranks, rushing to cast her ballot on Day One of advance voting. It was her first vote since immigrating from Peru. While she works the dough in a pizzeria, her daughter works an IT system.

She offered a thumbs up while leaving the Miami polling station.

Osores revealed how she’d voted: “Against him – (and) happy.”

Trump owned the first draft of history.

The next could belong to his opponent, to the frustrations that fuelled him or to the coalition fighting him – the women, minorities, and the college-educated, an alliance of people less prone to pining for the past, still reaching up, and touching the fruits of a country sowed in the soil of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Toronto FC victory sets up all Canadian Eastern Conference final

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 7th, 2016

Toronto FC Sebastian Giovinco (10), right, celebrates his goal during a MLS second leg eastern semifinals soccer match against New York City FC in New York, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Toronto FC set up an all-Canadian MLS Eastern Conference final against the Montreal Impact by putting New York City FC to the sword in dramatic fashion Sunday night.

Sebastian Giovinco scored a hat trick and Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Osorio each added a goal for a lopsided 5-0 win before 28,355 at Yankee Stadium as Toronto completed a 7-0 aggregate semifinal victory that must stand as one of the franchise’s finest moments.

It was total domination over a high-scoring New York team that finished one point ahead of Toronto in the regular-season standings. The two-game series may have been tied 0-0 for the first 84 minutes but TFC scored seven unanswered goals in the remaining 96 minutes to thump NYCFC.

Armed with a 2-0 lead from the first leg, Toronto scored in the sixth, 20th and 30th minutes to remove any drama from the tie. New York went into the dressing room at halftime needing six goals to win after a first half that saw Toronto roll like a runaway train.

Another Toronto goal in the 50th minute meant the New Yorkers needed a touchdown to win. But the home side had no answers on the night – with TFC goalkeeper Clint Irwin up to a handful of challenges – as Toronto recorded its first ever post-season win on the road.

Giovinco added a goal in stoppage time to compete the rout as travelling Toronto fans chanted “MVP, MVP.”

Sunday’s results mean a Canadian team will contest the MLS Cup for the first time ever.

Montreal completed its 3-1 aggregate upset of the conference-leading New York Red Bulls earlier Sunday with a 2-1 win on the road.

The conference final does not start until Nov. 22 at Olympic Stadium because of a break for international games. The second leg is Nov. 30 at BMO Field, three days after the Grey Cup.

In addition to their fierce regular-season rivalry, the two Canadian teams have some playoff history. Montreal spoiled Toronto’s post-season debut last year in a lopsided 3-0 win at Saputo Stadium.

TFC joins the Toronto Raptors, Blue Jays and Marlies in making their conference finals in 2016. All three of those teams foundered there, however.

Passed over this week when the three finalists for MVP were named, Giovinco – the reigning MVP – was sublime on the night repeatedly carving open the New York defence.

Giovinco has seven goals and three assists in six career games against NYCFC.

The New Yorkers were caught between a rock and a hard place. They needed to score goals but could not defend against Toronto.

There was a buzz at kickoff with a section of red-clad Toronto fans singing at one end and New York supporters answering at the other. Toronto came out hunting for a goal to drive another nail in the New York coffin, pressing from the get-go. And the breakthrough wasn’t long coming.

Giovinco opened the scoring with a marvellous goal in the sixth minute. Taking a pass from Altidore after Osorio forced a Jack Harrison giveaway, Giovinco used a sumptuous first touch to befuddle defender Maxime Chanot and create space to slide a shot past Eirik Johansen. The joyful Italian celebrated the goal in front of the New York City fans.

The dream start continued when Frederic Brillant took Giovinco down as the little forward cut inside the penalty box. Giovinco cooly converted the ensuing penalty in the 20th minute, silencing the home fans while the travelling Toronto fans sang their hearts out.

Ten minutes later, defender Eriq Zavaleta sent a hopeful high ball towards the New York penalty box. Altidore, celebrating his 27th birthday, muscled out Chanot and sent a looping shot over Johansen.

A swerving shot by Frank Lampard from distance forced a diving save from Irwin in the 38th minute. The former Chelsea star sent another rocket just wide as the half wound down.

Toronto kept the scoreboard ticking early in the second half after a horrific giveaway by substitute Khiry Shelton went straight to Giovinco. He sent the ball to Will Johnson who found Osorio alone to his right and the Canadian midfielder made no mistake with his right foot.

Osorio, who had two goals in 30 games during the regular season, has scored twice in three playoff games.

An acrobatic Irwin also stopped David Villa midway through the second half.

Late goals by Altidore and Tosaint Ricketts – in the 84th and 92nd minute, respectively – in the opening leg in the friendly confines of BMO Field had given Toronto a two-goal edge.

“We still believe,” NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira, whose team conceded 57 goals this season, said prior to the game.

Toronto was unchanged from Game 1. Designated players Andrea Pirlo and Lampard came into the NYCFC starting 11, as did Tommy McNamara. Pirlo missed out on the opener with a calf injury while Lampard came on in the second half.

Vieira stuck with Johansen in goal. It was the third straight game for the six-foot-seven Norwegian after Josh Saunders got the first 33 starts. New York could have used both ‘keepers in goal on the night.

Prior to the first leg, Toronto had been winless in the five previous meetings with New York City including a loss and pair of ties at Yankee Stadium. The three previous games in New York produced a total of 14 goals including a wild 4-4 tie in July 2015 that saw Giovinco score a hat trick in nine minutes, Villa pot a pair and four penalties awarded, only two of which were converted.

Despite trailing on aggregate, NYFC had some reason to feel confident going into the game. Vieira’s team had won its last eight games (7-0-1) at home with its last loss there coming June 2. The New Yorkers also boasted the league’s most potent offence this season with 62 goals, including 35 at Yankee Stadium.

But of the 14 previous teams to trail by two or more goals after the first leg of an MLS playoff contest, only two rebounded to win the series.

The San Jose Earthquakes did it in 2003, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-4 on aggregate after extra time. The 2004 Kansas City Wizards beat San Jose 3-0 in the second leg after losing the first 2-0.

Toronto’s Michael Bradley, Altidore and Armando Cooper came into the game on a yellow card. Cooper was subbed to open the second half and Altidore exited in the 74th minute, likely to avoid picking up another card and subsequent suspension.

There were six yellow cards handed out in the first leg but none in the second leg.

American man beaten to death during unprovoked fight in Toronto identified

News staff and The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 7th, 2016

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A 26-year-old man visiting from Maryland for a bachelor party is dead after a fight outside a bar in Little Italy on Saturday morning.

Police said the incident appears to have been an unprovoked attack.

Officers arrived at Blind Tiger Restaurant on College Street at Manning Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. and found a man with head trauma.

Toronto Homicide Det. Robert North said the man was in an ambulance on the way to hospital when he was pronounced dead.

The man was identified as Julian Jones on Sunday morning. Police said Jones was engaged to be married but this was not his bachelor party.

North said a group of males were visiting from the U.S. for a bachelor party when they were approached by a group of seven to nine males as they stepped outside the establishment.

“They advised they didn’t want to be in a fight and were just having a good time, but at that time our deceased was punched and repeatedly kicked in the head,” said North.

The group of males reportedly fled south on Manning Avenue towards Dundas Street, and police are asking anyone in the area that may have video of the incident or were in the area to come forward.

Police have released descriptions of the suspects. The first is a slim, white man, 26 to 27 years old, with short, black hair, who was wearing a black top and black pants. The second is black, 26 to 27 years old, with a large build – described as looking like a football player – with a full beard, wearing a black fitted top and black skinny jeans.

Security footage and images of the suspects have been gathered and police urged the suspects to come forward or they will be releasing their images to the public.

Police initially said that a third person in a red baseball cap was a suspect, but are now saying they just want to talk to him.

The homicide unit continues to investigate.

The homicide unit is investigating after one man is dead after a fight in Little Italy. CITYNEWS/Ken Hama

Correction: Police originally said the victim was 24 years old.

Clinton or Trump? Who would be better for Canada

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Nov 7th, 2016

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A look at some of the issues facing Canada with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House

Hillary ClintonDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Donald TrumpRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds after singing the National Anthem during a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
CONNECTIONS
Clinton is a known quantity to Canadian officials from her time as a U.S. senator and secretary of state, which has also given her an understanding of Canada’s role in the world, says Gordon Giffin, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada: “Sometimes there’s too much focus on what we sell back and forth across the 49th parallel and not enough attention to the fact that Canada is quite engaged with the United States all over the world on issues and principles and values that we share. And she knows all of that, so she starts from a pretty strong foundation of engagement with Canada.” As a self-described outsider of American politics, Trump would have few connections to the Liberal government in the Great White North. Trudeau would have to build a relationship with a man who he has suggested holds different values than himself. And Trump has bashed Canada at various points during the campaign, specifically on health care. Political relationships would be built from scratch. But Trump does have economic advisers familiar with Canada who could guide Trump in cross-border issues, Kathy Brock, a policy studies professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., says.
TRADE
Frustrations over the long-running dispute over softwood lumber could receive a boost with Clinton in the White House, as Giffin predicts Clinton would want to resolve the years-long impasse with a long-term agreement. Clinton is also likely to look for changes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership having expressed criticisms on the campaign trail to maintain support from Bernie Sanders backers. Canada is among the countries negotiating the agreement, and could use the opportunity to find changes for Clinton that help Canada and the United States. Another trade opportunity: Changes to the cross-border labour mobility rules in the North American Free Trade Agreement that Clinton may also be open to updating. Trump has been adamant that NAFTA will be no more if he can’t have the document amended to his liking, and is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Cross-border trade could be thrown into disarray if he follows through on the promises, with officials left to sort out a tariffs regime. There indeed could be short-term pain for importers and exporters as well as the markets that would subside once Trump rolls out policies, Brock says. Canada has loosened its reliance on trade with the United States through a new trade deal with the European Union and TPP, Brock says. Canadian officials have likely thought of specific proposal to update NAFTA to protect Canadian interests and open up new trade opportunities.
IMMIGRATION / SECURITY
Canada could find itself an ally in Clinton over efforts to relocate thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Europe. During the last year, more than 33,000 Syrian refugees have come to Canada, the federal immigration department reports, including about 12,000 privately sponsored refugees. Clinton wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. annually to 65,000 from 10,000, and is apparently considering creating an American version of Canada’s private-sponsor system. Both could be openings for Canadian officials to better co-ordinate the intake of refugees and address common security concerns. Canada’s Syrian refugee policy could complicate work to make it easier to move goods and people across the border given Trump’s proposals for “extreme vetting” of Muslims from countries with terrorist ties, or to suspend visa to citizens from countries with inadequate security screening. Trump is also promising to finally implement a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system at all border crossings. Given the close work Canada and the United States do on border crossings, would Trump demand Canada spending millions to do the same?
PIPELINE
Clinton has suggested on the campaign trail that she wouldn’t be in favour of the Keystone XL pipeline, which Barack Obama rejected last year shortly after Trudeau officially took office. The position is a recent one for Clinton, suggesting an opening for Canadian officials. Brock says the pipeline’s economic effects on the United States, the fact Clinton hasn’t cornered herself on the issue, and that she wouldn’t be bound by Obama’s decision could work in Canada’s interest should the Liberals push for Keystone. “This is going to be one thing that Canada will want to immediately get on to the agenda,” Brock says. Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline project one year ago, saying it wasn’t in his country’s national interests. The project, which would ship Alberta bitumen down to the U.S. gulf coast, would be given new life if Trump was president. Trump wants TransCanada to revive its application for the pipeline, which could be good news for Alberta’s economy and oil companies in Canada that want a pipeline built in the coming years.
Trump is also promising to back out of the Paris climate change agreement, and killing environmental programs that cost the American economy jobs and productivity. That promise goes hand-in-hand with a pledge to lower corporate tax rates. A question the Canadian government would have to consider is this: Would a new carbon pricing scheme and other new tax changes drive companies south of the border, where Trump is promising to make it easier and cheaper for them to do business?
OVERALL
Despite Canada’s best efforts, Canadian interests could be sidelined while Clinton deals with more pressing domestic issues like resistance to her supreme court nominees, congressional Republicans who will work to thwart her agenda at every turn. Coupled with her international obligations like involvement in the Middle East and Asia, Clinton may be hard-pressed to find a lot of time for major new issues in the Canada-U.S. relationship. Given Canadian public opinion polls that show respondents favour Clinton over Trump, it’s not farfetched to say the Liberals are hoping the Republican candidate doesn’t win on Tuesday. Giffin says a Trump presidency wouldn’t be a fatal blow to Canada-U.S. relations: The relationship may be a little rough at the outset based on Trump’s tough stances on trade and immigration, but would smooth out over time. Giffin says the relationship itself is bigger than any one president: “It has a momentum and a centre of gravity that sort of drags an administration towards engagement with Canada, which is good.”
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