Canadian citizens are taking President Donald Trump to task for his treatment of their prime minister, vowing to boycott various American products and vacations to the U.S. after Trump and his administration officials lobbed insults at Justin Trudeau in the last week.
Trump blamed Trudeau for his decision not to sign a joint communiqué with other members of the G-7 during the close of their meeting last week. Canada’s leader had announced his intention to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports because Trump establshed tariffs of 25 and 10 percent on aluminum and steel from Canada and other countries. The announcement angered Trump and led to the breakdown of his participation in the G-7 summit in Quebec.
Trump called Trudeau “dishonest and weak,” and White House aide Peter Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for leaders like Trudeau who engage in “bad faith diplomacy” with Trump.
While the Canadian government continues deliberations over its response to Trump’s tariffs and subsequent actions, the country’s people are taking matters into their own hands:
Now, Canadians have responded by boycotting U.S. products and canceling their planned trips to the U.S. Kentucky Bourbon, California wine, and Florida oranges are all among the products some Canadians now say they won’t purchase. Meanwhile, Canadian Twitter has been flooded with hashtags urging shoppers to #BuyCanadian, #BoycottUSProducts and #BoycottUSA. One man even tweeted a photo of his “Trump free” grocery cart filled with Canadian products. U.S. companies like Walmart and McDonalds are also included in the list of companies to be shunned.
And though it remains to be seen if and how the boycott will affect the U.S. economy, it is clear that Trump has poked a beast he perhaps didn’t know existed, taking for granted the close ally’s goodwill.
Canadian media, meanwhile, reported that U.S. and Canada's relationship is now at an all-time low, especially since Trump suggested that Canada constitutes a national security threat for the U.S.
Other experts consulted by Toronto-based TV channel CTV indicated that Canadians "need to continue the conversation with American business partners, friends and family," while reminding U.S. voters that "their president has angered an ally."