Last Updated on January 24, 2019
US trade with Canada and Mexico is likely to become one of the central arguments of the presidential campaign after Donald Trump saw off his rivals for the Republican nomination.
Trump calls the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) ‘the worst trade deal ever done’ and says he will rip it up if he becomes president.
He is also quick to associate the bill with his likely Democrat rival Hillary Clinton, whose husband Bill signed the deal when he was president back in 1993.
What is NAFTA?
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) sets the rules for international trade and investment between Canada, the US and Mexico.
It’s another sign – if you needed one – that Canada and Mexico will be hot topics of the race to become US president, as Trump ramps up the rhetoric in an attempt to make ground on Clinton, currently a big favourite to win the 2016 poll.
Several high-profile Hollywood stars have promised to leave the US for Canada if Trump were to become president. Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Jon Stewart and Lena Dunham are just some of the big names who have made the threat.
Trump’s response? Go ahead and leave, we don’t want you here anyway.
When Trump’s campaign jumped from circus show to realistic prospect back in March, Google searches on ‘how to move to Canada’ spiked.
Watch immigration.ca Managing Partner Colin Singer discuss the options of a mass move of Americans to Canada here.
Singer was also quoted in a CNN article outlining the options for Americans who may wish to move in the event of a Trump presidency.
Are you an American wanting to move to Canada?
Excluding family class spousal sponsorship, most Americans choosing to relocate to Canada will apply under one of the economic class programs. These primarily comprise of professionals and skilled workers under the Express Entry system, featuring the skilled worker program, and other programs including the Quebec skilled worker program and provincial nominees as well as business programs.
Meanwhile, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should expect to be fielding many more questions on Trump as the momentum builds towards the November 8 vote.
But if the Liberal leader is worried about it, he didn’t let it show when asked recently.
Trudeau batted away questions, saying that during any election there was always increased rhetoric around protectionism and that it would go away after votes had been cast.
Rhetoric is one thing, but Trump seems intent on making it a central point of his campaign as he attempts to reverse poll data that gives Clinton a massive advantage.
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