Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has expressed sheer “shock” on the possibility that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric becoming a reality. In her comments on Wednesday, Wynne claimed she is “worried” about Trump’s threat to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that is so vital to Ontario’s economy. Wynne explained that “my biggest fear … is the trade relationship” because United States is the province’s most important trading partner accounting for 80.5 per cent of Ontario exports.
Supporting her claim, Wynne stressed that Ontario’s thriving auto industry is so “entwined” with that of Michigan that they are interdependent. She alleged that “we have a responsibility to find ways to work together.” Moreover, the premier expressed concerns about the impact of a Trump presidency and a Republican Congress on efforts to tackle climate change because Trump has claimed that global warming was a “Chinese hoax” perpetrated to hobble American manufacturing.