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Trudeau stumbled into a trade war. That isn’t all Trump’s fault

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Canadians have always ridiculed Americans for their cocky swagger and over-the-top patriotism but look who’s getting all jingoistic now. It’s hard to miss our trade-war drums beating with unseemly enthusiasm after Donald Trump’s angry reaction Sunday to our prime minister’s post-G7 press conference. Virtually overnight, boasts of being the globe’s great free traders and champions of a borderless world have given way to battle cries for more tariffs, barriers and boycotts against the perfidious Trump Nation.

“Scores of shoppers and travellers are mounting strikes against America’s pocketbook by boycotting U.S. goods and trips to the States,” reports CTV News. The story is really more about people tweeting about plans to do so, but at least one “angry user” in the story claims to have made a point of it: “F*** you Trump. We just booked a $3,000 vacation to beautiful British Columbia. Happy anniversary to us. #Canadastrong #BuyCanadian #F***Tariffs.” But then again “Supreme Leader Lyna” — whose Twitter feed is loudly pro-Democrat and whose bio includes the hashtag #Resistance — lives in California, so it’s more like she’s boycotting herself. But an Abacus poll out Tuesday had more than three-quarters of Canadian respondentss claiming they will be doing everything from avoiding cross-border shopping and American vacations to not buying anything marked Made in the U.S.A. And a Maclean’s report this week helpfully provided a guide on how to “hit back and hurt Trump in the only place he cares about — his wallet,” by boycotting his family’s businesses or any other business that sells Trump merchandise.

Trudeau has reason to raise a........

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