Donald Trump’s Presidency – A Curse or Boon for the Canadian citizens

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Donald Trump’s unexpected election win engendered a widespread feeling of shock across the globe, rattling markets and perplexing political pioneers far and wide.

America’s neighbours could feel the impacts more than most.

Out of all the peculiar indications of American uneasiness emanating from Donald Trump’s astonishing triumph in the presidential race, maybe the most evident was the CBC’s live reporting of a site not working appropriately for a brief timeframe.

As president-elect, Trump inched towards an unheralded victory that eventually placed him in the elite category of the most powerful men on an international scale, the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website came to a screeching halt. Confused and perplexed news analysts were left with the precarious errand of attempting to depict, live on air and to a national gathering of people, how “500 – Internal server error” transformed to “more Americans want to be Canadians.”

In such a scenario, the million dollar question is that has a Trump triumph – introduced as it was on an influx of chauvinism, prejudice, and homophobia and a typical northward screeching about awful trade pacts – effectively changed the Canadian longing to travel south?

Although it is a bit early for predictions, the latest events indicate that Canadians indeed are now reluctant to venture south to realise the American dream. As per Emily Fisher, the head of communications for North America from Cheapflights, on the next day after the results were declared– searches on Cheapflights for flights from Canada to the U.S. had reduced drastically.

As far as the trade between the two countries is concerned, Donald Trump emphasised on drastically overhauling the U.S. trade agreements during the campaigning phase and that approach can considerably influence Canada. The president-elect crusaded on a promise to constrain Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, to give more noteworthy advantages to U.S. based commercial enterprises. In the event that the nations don’t concur on another arrangement, Trump has guaranteed to leave NAFTA totally.

Inspired by a vow to pull back from trans-Pacific Partnership talks and take a more forceful line on exchange with China, Trump pitched nonintervention and autonomy as an approach to enhancing employment opportunities, altering disintegrating infrastructure along with decreasing wrongdoings.

The business community stresses if NAFTA falls, the movement of merchandise and individuals across the perimeter could be gagged by tax and non-tariff directives as well as stringent immigration controls in the cover of security concerns.

Now let’s analyse the situation of immigrants. Canada is re-connecting with the United Nations on environmental change, Syrian immigrants, and peace operations, similarly, as Trump has flagged that America is digging in to care for itself.

Trump has been a vociferous opponent of immigrants. His campaign revolved around his stand on reducing immigration and gradually eradicating it. He intends to not only put an end to Mexican immigration but also to impose a complete restriction on Muslims, barring them from entering the U.S. He called Syrian outcasts a “Trojan Horse” undermining open security and America’s “quality of life.” On the other hand, Canada has provided support and shelter to almost 34,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015.

Even a less experienced immigration lawyer in Vancouver has been kept busy with several queries and cases coming up as a result of these presidential elections. Several Canadian citizens who wish to immigrate to the U.S. have flooded the offices of their attorneys seeking professional guidance. Irrespective of what the future has in store, Trump’s foreign policies will certainly have a direct bearing on the Canadian residents, especially the ones planning to get the elusive Green Card.

The air is rife with conjectures. Nevertheless, only time will tell how the cookie crumbles.