Between hosting the leaders of the world’s largest economies at the G7 Summit in Quebec, trying to look commanding in the face of potentially economy-crippling tariffs and serving as Donald Trump’s latest punching bag, Justin Trudeau has had a pretty rough weekend. After facing harsh attacks on his character and leadership from the U.S. president and his aides, Americans are coming out online to let the Canadian PM know that their president doesn’t speak for them.
My Fellow Americans, let’s all #ThankCanada for things we love they’ve brought to our lives. I’ll start: #ThanksCanada for @NeilYoung, @SCTV, @JoniMitchellcom, @Drake, #LeonardCohen, @celinedion, @KITHOnline. The Pursuit Of Happiness featuring @moeTPOH. Also hockey is cool. pic.twitter.com/Ec9GZBwbmA
— David Wild (@Wildaboutmusic) June 10, 2018
Using the hashtags #ThankCanada and #ThanksCanada, people are showing their support for the country and its leader. Americans are thankful for Canadian artists like Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion and Drake as well as more significant historical acts like when the people of Gander, Newfoundland took in those whose planes were grounded in the town following the 9/11 attacks.
#ThanksCanada for your great actors & comedians – Norma Shearer, Mary Pickford, Christopher Plummer, Donald Sutherland, Leslie Nielsen, Michael J. Fox, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, John Candy, Dave Thomas, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Phil Hartman
— 🌲Fox🌲 (@_OO_Fox_OO_) June 10, 2018
I went to Calgary and saw a memorial to Canadian servicemembers. There were names from every conflict in which they’ve been involved. In nearly all cases, they were there aiding the USA. There was a wall with names from Iraq and Afghanistan. #ThanksCanada pic.twitter.com/ubM94KQe11
— Jorts O’Malley (@JortsOMalley) June 11, 2018
9/11/11 Gander Canada , 38 civilian and 4 military flights bound for the United States were ordered to land at this airport, they took care of More than 6,600 people 66 percent of the local population , locals volunteered to house, feed, and entertain the travellers #ThanksCanada pic.twitter.com/J82TxdPAl2
— brandon Reynolds (@BranReynolds48) June 11, 2018
They were also thankful for the trade we do with the U.S., our military aid, the underground railroad, the refugee program, our inclusivity and, of course, hockey and Tim Hortons.
I met @JustinTrudeau in February. I said #ThanksCanada for being California’s 2nd largest trading partner, directly supporting over 1.1 million CA jobs. He was gracious and well spoken. I wish a Canadian legislator was able to say the same after meeting our head of state. pic.twitter.com/GRk6AQdP0Q
— Todd Gloria (@ToddGloria) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada my USA daughter just received a wonderful and affordable education from McGill. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
— Lynne Gibson (@lynneanng) June 11, 2018
For the Underground Railroad. #ThanksCanada
— nick kantar (@nickkantar) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada for allowing my parents and other Tibetan refugees to call this beautiful country home. And for letting us practice our religion, celebrate our culture, and be whoever we want to be.
— Rignam Wangkhang (@RignamW) June 11, 2018
#ThanksCanada for buying a total of $341.2 billion worth of goods and services from the U.S. and selling $332.8 worth of goods and services to Americans… which if you do the math equals to a $8.4 billion SURPLUS for Americans
— adam medeiros (@adzmedeiros) June 11, 2018
The Trudeau hate began after the Prime Minister held a press conference and told reporters that the new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum are “kind of insulting” and that Canada “will not be pushed around.” Donald Trump took offence to that and called Trudeau “very dishonest and weak” on Twitter for his “false statements.”
On Sunday, Trump’s aides took to cable news to blast the PM further. Trade adviser Peter Navarro even went so far as to say there is a “special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.” He later apologized for the wording, but was unmoved on the sentiment.
The division between world powers created some new unity within the country. Monday afternoon, NDP Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey introduced a motion, which was unanimously adopted in the House, to stand in solidarity with Justin Trudeau, regardless of political stripe.
“At this moment in our history with our U.S. neighbours, Canadians need to know that all sides of this House stand united as one,” Ramsey said. The motion acknowledges the close and mutually beneficial relationship between Canada and the United States, but says they “strongly oppose” the “illegitimate tariffs” currently imposed by our southern neighbours. It also acknowledges that they stand by the Trudeau government’s retaliatory tariffs and other trade measures.
Hey @realDonaldTrump ; you’ve done an amazing thing. You’ve managed to unite all the Canadian federal and provincial leaders AGAINST YOU!! You see that’s what leaders are supposed to do when your country is attacked by a foreign country. #ThanksCanada
— Chris Stanford (@lynck70) June 11, 2018
While POTUS may actually have started a trade war that will end in a severing of the longstanding Canada-US relationship and the end of free trade between the countries, it’s nice to know that most Americans are pro-Canada and that our government can unify when it really matters.
#ThanksCanada For hockey. And poutine. And Sidney Crosby. And ketchup chips. And for being awesome. (Seriously, you guys are way cooler than us) 🇨🇦❤
— gabriella marie (@WILDestdreams_3) June 11, 2018