Quebec Studies

The Trump Presidency at Six Months: The View from Québec

Quebec Studies (2017), 64, (1), 89–100.

Abstract

The Trump Presidency at Six Months: The View from Québec Ginette Chenard Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec Delegate in Atlanta (2006–2011) The Trump Presidency at Six Months In general terms, a large majority of Canadians believe that they are better acquainted with the American people than with any other national population. This also holds true for francophone Canadians. Given their distinct heritage and dedication to protecting cultural identity, Québecers have been, for a very long time, particularly attuned to the need to foster good relations with their only foreign neighbor. As early as the 1830s, some French-Canadian leaders looked south of the border in search of a model for dealing with the British rule imposed on them at home. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of French Canadians hoping to escape poverty walked in that same direction, thus establishing an important ethnic community in the U.S. In the last part of the twentieth century, the government of Québec has been unique among Canadian provinces in its determination to build its own diplomatic network abroad, especially in the U.S. As Earl Fry said, Québec “offer[s] perhaps the most comprehensive case study available on how subnational units such as provincial, state, and municipal governments are attempting to cope with the inherent challenges and opportunities found in an era of globalization” (Fry 2009, 141). There are numerous examples of this outward-looking strategy. In the 1980s, Québec became Ottawa’s strongest supporter of free trade negotiations with the U.S. In response to 9/11, Québecers reacted with compassion and assistance. Different levels of government, as well as private organizations, were quick to enact laws and regulations in compliance with new American safety and security constraints. At the same time, Québec initiated a number of bilateral and multilateral cooperative agreements with neighboring states in areas of common interest. Although hundreds of thousands of Québecers took to the Québec Studies, 64 https://doi.org/10.3828/qs.2017.17

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