Trudeau Tells People To Stay Home And Buy Canadian

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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OTTAWA — With a new poll indicating more than 80 percent of Canadians disapprove of President Donald Trump’s performance, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging people to travel within Canada this summer and to buy Canadian products.

Talking to reporters Wednesday, Trudeau was reluctant to endorse a boycott of American goods and services, but as tensions between the countries and the the two leaders remain high, Trudeau seems to be benefiting from all the vitriol that Trump has been sending his way of late. (RELATED: More Americans Support Trudeau Over Trump In Tariff War)

Asked directly if Canadian travelers should cross the border this summer of if consumers should avoid anything with a “made in the U.S.A” tag, Trudeau at first suggested that he wouldn’t want to tell people how to spend their vacations or money but then shifted to a more aggressive pitch.

“As for Canadians, I’m always one to encourage Canadians to discover our extraordinary country, to take vacations here at home, to continue to ‘Buy Canadian’ and, if Canadians are looking for extra reasons to do so, then so be it.”

On Tuesday, Trump suggested Canadians were so burdened by onerous tariffs they were becoming a nation of shoe smugglers, while on Wednesday, Trudeau broke his silence on the issue of separating migrant children from their parents, condemning the policy as “wrong” and “unacceptable.”

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