Justin Trudeau's Response to a Question About Donald Trump Is Excellent

January 14th 2017

Willie Burnley Jr.

President-elect Donald Trump is mere days away from occupying the Oval Office, and he will find himself responsible for maintaining relationships and alliances with heads of state and nations crucial to the United States' economic prosperity.

An important alliance is with Canada, a close U.S. ally to which we are bound by history and more than 2,000 miles of border.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not be more different from Trump, and that was evident in his response to a question during a town hall about how Trump's presidency would affect Canada's relationship with the United States.

Trudeau said that his government would try to work with Trump's administration. "Canadians expect their government to have a constructive working relationship with the incoming American administration, and that's exactly what we're going to do," he said at the town hall in Ontario.

But, Trudeau said: "There are things that we hold dear that the Americans haven't prioritized."

Trudeau added: "I'm never going to shy away from standing up for what I believe in — whether it's proclaiming loudly to the world that I am a feminist, whether it's understanding that immigration is a source of strength for us, and Muslim Canadians are an essential part of the success of our country today and into the future."

The statement was seen by many as a dig at the Republican president-elect.

Trump has issued attacks on women, taken a hard-line stance on immigration, and made statements deemed by many as Islamophobic.

Still, Trudeau and Trump have indicated that they will approach their relationship amicably: Trudeau called Trump to congratulate him on his electoral victory and invited him to Canada. Their aides have already reportedly spoken about trade between the countries.