Canada’s relationship with the United States is complicated at the best of times. And right now, thanks to American tariffs and trade demands, it’s particularly tricky. But that doesn’t mean that the Canadian government should not speak out about the Trump administration’s policy to separate children from their parents at the border with Mexico.
After the fallout from his news conference at the G7 summit, I’m sure the Prime Minister was reluctant to say anything that would further provoke the U.S. president. But we shouldn’t put our economic interests ahead of defending the basic human rights of children. While he could have avoided using smug and superior language like, “this is not the way we do things in Canada,” the Prime Minister was right to criticize the Trump policy and express sympathy for the families.
Any economic damage to our relationship with the United States can always be repaired. But the scars created by separating young children from their parents will be permanent. The Canadian government was right to finally take a firm stand against the Trump administration policy.