neighbors / closest trade allies?Very fewoCanada:Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada2015-presentvery new, hasn’t been there even a yeartook over from a conservative (Harper?)
September 6, 2016second youngest evereldest son of a former Prime Ministervery handsomekind of like JFK; young, vibrant, on the left, political familyJustin Trudeau is the only Prime Minister of the AmericasNot just a change in leadership less than a year ago, but a different political partyHe is the leader of the liberal partyOn the spectrum, he is just center leftCloser left to Bernie Sanders than to Obama40% of the Parliament is liberalliberals took over the conservativespro coal extraction and oil extractionHarper didn’t like environmentally safe laws but Trudeaupro marijuana, pro womens rights, etc.big fan of most liberal ideasoPresident of MexicoEnrique Pena Nieto2013-presenthe took over from Phillipe who was very conservativePhillipe started a war on drugsPena changed the direction of the countryThere were high hopes of PenaHowever, the frustration has just been growingHe has found himself unable to improve the economy and there’s corruption and troublesPena has very low approval percentage 25%He met with Donald Trump which made him more unpopularTrump wants to keep out Mexicans and so why would Mexican president want to meet with himoTwo different politiciansCanada, Mexico, and USA all have center left leadersoWhy should we know these guys?Canada has been helping the US out in the wars since the War of 1812They are US’s biggest trading partneroWhy is it such an issue?
September 6, 2016The old immigration issue is wildly inflated because of electioncycleImmigration has been nothing be a net gainNAFTA; all three economies have grown solidly in the past three yearsHas been part of the success story in all three of these statesoBorders: largely unguardedNo fence or anythingWe are all friends! Not many places don’t have to defend their borders at all timesHistorically it’s a net gain not a net lossoRest of Latin America!Left is a major theme of all of Latin AmericaWhy?oIn Latin America, perhaps more so than any other place on Earth has a huge wealth disparityoWealth disparity: huge gap between rich and pooroIn rich countries, the gap is smaller because everyone kind of has equal sharesoYes, there are richer people and yes there are poorer people but not that big of a gapWho gets to elect leaders? oIn a democracy, the majorityoIf the majority is poor, who are they gonna vote for?
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- Spring '08
- Left-wing politics, Political spectrum