Following President Donald Trump’s weekend attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – echoed by his aides as they made their rounds on cable news – Canada’s House of Commons issued a unanimous condemnation of the administration’s behavior.
Lawmakers gave unanimous consent for a motion backing Canadian steel and aluminum, hit by U.S. tariffs, as well as the supply management system that supports key agriculture sectors, and gave a standing ovation for the government’s response to the Trump administration’s verbal attacks on Trudeau.
The motion in parliament, introduced by the opposition New Democrats, rejected “disparaging ad hominem statements by U.S. officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations.”
Trudeau himself was largely silent on Monday, even as lawmakers came together to denounce Trump’s remarks, along with his officials.
White House adviser Peter Navarro had said Sunday that “there is a special place in hell” for Trudeau for his “bad faith diplomacy” with Trump.
While the agreement of legislators who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger also spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media.
“Something strange and wonderful has been sparked by @realDonaldTrump’s dishonorable comments about this country. I think it might be a Canadian identity,” newspaper columnist John Ivison tweeted.