How are Canadians immigration friendly?

Justin Trudeau can still deal with the curses from the Trump camp quite calmly. Washington granted the Canadian prime minister a "special place in hell" after his feud with the US president at the G7 summit. But that's almost everyday polemics. Canada is much more worried about the trade dispute with the USA and the announced tariffs on steel and aluminum, which could hit the country badly. In addition to all the trouble with Donald Trump in the southern neighbor, the liberal Trudeau is now faced with the surprising rise of Doug Ford. Although he is only referred to as "Trump light", he will rule in his own country in the future. Ford, 53, becomes premier of Ontario, the most populous and important province in Canada. After 15 years he takes over from the fallen liberals. These are difficult times for Trudeau.

Before last week's election, Ford won over many people in Ontario with dashing Trump-style speeches. Taxes? Are radically lowered. Environmental Protection? Is braked. Liberal school lessons on homosexuality? Will be abolished. This is how pointedly Ford showed himself, who had only taken over the leadership of the conservative party, the Progressive Conservatives, in March. He promptly led them to 40 percent and thus to an absolute majority of the seats. "We'll make sure," said Ford, "that Ontario becomes the best place in the world to live, do business and raise a family." He will make Ontario the engine of Canada again. And on the side, Doug Ford also promised to cut the price of a bottle of beer to one Canadian dollar. "Buck a beer" is what he called his very populist initiative. Apparently that's how you win elections in North America.

How Ford intends to finance all these promises, except with the reduction of bureaucracy, he was not elicited concretely. The liberals, who have been dumped after 15 years, have to digest the shock first. And with them, the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, who has lost an important pillar in the province in which around one in three Canadians lives, has to do the same. And which generates almost half of Canada's total economic output.

Many Ontario residents are suffering from the fact that the prices of houses and apartments have risen significantly and high energy costs are causing their incomes to decline. And now the angry neighbor President Trump is threatening tariffs that endanger many jobs in the Canadian province. In the city of Hamilton alone, 9,000 people work in the steel industry, for which Trump's announced tariffs "are a slap in the face," like them New York Times quoted a steel worker in a report. Would you prefer Canada to respond to Trump in a Trump-like manner with the help of Doug Ford?

After many moderate tones in the dispute over the North American free trade agreement Nafta, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now announced toughness and for his part announced the start of tariffs on US goods such as chocolate and orange juice from Florida for July. And yet the initial euphoria in the country about the liberal, open, immigration-friendly and tolerant prime minister has noticeably diminished. Parliamentary elections will be held in Canada next year and Trudeau has suspected, at least since Doug Ford was elected Prime Minister of Ontario, that he would have to fight for majorities. Not even the drug scandal involving Ford's brother Rob Ford, who has since died and was once mayor of Toronto, prevented the politically inexperienced businessman's success in Ontario. So Trudeau is warned.

His tolerance and charm still catch on with many Canadians who draw the comparison to Trump, but since Trudeau was invited to a vacation island by a billionaire friend, he has also been considered a man with flaws. The Canadians now looked mockingly at his unusual socks, his choice of clothes, for example when visiting India. But even more, they look at the economic data. As an export nation, Canada is dependent on flourishing trade, if less with the USA, then more with the European Union. In the dispute with Trump, Trudeau is even with his opponent Ford, who once called him a weak prime minister. After all, it's about jobs, said Ford. It almost sounds like "Canada first".