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Canada's ambassador to U.S. unconcerned about 2020 election disrupting Canada's economy


For as long as it takes to achieve a final result in 2020, Trudeau's Liberals would presumably want to avoid coming down one way or the other, maintaining an approach to U.S. politics that they adopted in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

"What we've seen over the last four years is a Canadian government that's exercised, for the most part, a lot of message discipline when it comes to talking about the United States and talking about Donald Trump," Roland Paris, a professor of International Relations at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News. 

"Canadian prime ministers rarely have anything to gain by weighing into U.S. domestic politics and potentially they have a lot to lose, so I think that what we'll see is the prime minister keeping his powder dry."

Paris also said he believes it's unlikely that a contested result would have a direct impact on Canada.

"We need to remember that Donald Trump will remain the president until Jan. 21 under any circumstances, so there's no urgency for Canada to recognize a new government or even congratulate the winner until the results are clear."


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