President Donald Trump’s controversial remark after the G7 summit in Quebec signals a break in the strongly-tied Canadian and US relationship. Trump’s personal dig at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came about as a result of disagreements over tariffs.

The altercation brings the two countries’ publicly amicable relationship into question. Have the US and Canada always seen eye to eye when it comes to nuclear weapon policy? Professor Ramana and MPPGA alumna, Laurélène Faye, find that, in the past fifty years, Canada has diverged from the US on a number of resolutions involving nuclear disarmament at the UN General Assembly. In fact, Canada has a history of proactive involvement in disarmament: former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau contributed to disarmament diplomacy during his tenure.  For his son, Justin Trudeau, there is pressure to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps with a declaration of nuclear disarmament.

This history shows that Canada has its own stance on the subject of nuclear weapons. In order to reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons for global security, Canadian leadership needs to forge a path that is distinct from that of the US.

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