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Trudeau, after bungling it on trade and pipelines, needs better advice — fast

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There’s no doubt Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s been having a hard time lately — dealing with nasty remarks from President Donald Trump with regard to tariffs and fallout in connection to the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.

However, Trudeau’s handling of these important matters has been lackluster and it appears that he could use some better advice in dealing with three key issues.

First, the new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, which President Donald Trump justified by reference to the national security argument for protection. In an emotional speech, Trudeau lamented Trump’s neglect of the two countries’ history of military alliances in a number of wars, and said “that Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable.”

In fact, the national security argument is invoked when imports threaten the very existence of national industries producing weapons and other goods needed by the country’s military. It is argued that the

This is not the place to examine the validity Trump’s argument generally and in the case of Canada. The tariffs may actually be designed to meet his election........

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