Trade, environment are big worries for Canada after Trump win

Wed Nov 9, 2016 11:29pm EST
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By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he looked forward to working with Donald Trump after the businessman won the U.S. presidency in a victory that could hurt Canada's exporters and wreck plans to impose a national carbon price.

The left-leaning Trudeau, who supports free trade and higher immigration, is ideologically removed from the Republican U.S. president-elect.

"We share a purpose, our two countries. ... I'm going to work with (his) administration as we move forward in a positive way," Trudeau told a youth forum.

Trudeau's office said on Wednesday evening that the two spoke, reiterating the importance of the Canada-U.S. relationship and discussing areas of mutual interest

Trudeau also invited Trump to visit Canada and Trump reciprocated, Trudeau's office said.

Trump vowed on the campaign trail to revise or tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) under which Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the United States.

David MacNaughton, the Canadian ambassador to Washington, told reporters that he interpreted the Trump camp's comments on NAFTA as a desire to improve the deal. If Trump wanted to discuss changes, Canada would come to the table, he said.

"Anything can be improved, and we're open to having discussions," he said, but declined to give further details.   Continued...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a town hall with high school students in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie