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Canadian and American officials optimistic about democracy, despite the threat of "cocktails"

Despite the set of challenges of in both Canada and the United States, politicians on both sides of the border have both overcome the difficult political situation and . He says he is confident that it is safe. Each democracy.

CBC Radio's House interview with U.S. Ambassador David Cohen, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Canada, aired Saturday. Senator Peter Beem and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy all gave their views on the state of relations between Canada and the United States and the strength of their democracy.

Democrat Murphy, who has been Governor of New Jersey since 2018, told host Chris Hall that the United States is facing a "cocktail of concern" about its democracy . Told.

He pointed out a January 6 attack on the US Capitol, where Congress is currently holding a hearing, but, the US Supreme Court. I also talked about how I believe in. was out of step with public opinion on split issues such as abortion and gun possession.

US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen talks to the House of Representatives about the relationship between Canada and the United States, with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Canadian Senator Peter Bame sitting down. Canada and the United States.

"When you see America riding a hidden carry weapon and America riding a Roe v. Wade case, people's will is this radical right wing. It is in dramatic conflict with Brock. The Supreme Court. "

Despite these challenges, Murphy was optimistic.

"We believe we can overcome this," he said.

German Ambassador, Deputy Minister of International Development, at the 2018 G7 Summit, said he was an optimist, along with many other civil service roles, but Canada also , Faced with significant challenges regarding social and political issues.

"We are in a virtuous circle of popular frustration," he told Hall. "I think people's frustration with the effects of the pandemic is a big factor. We have some degree of economic stagnation, and of course, in all of this, politics is very polarized."

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy states that the U.S. Supreme Court has not kept pace with public opinion on division issues such as abortion and gun possession. increase. (Eduard Munoz / Reuters)

Sunny days and snowstorms

Ambassador David Cohen also said that Canada-US relations and two democratic challenges in both countries. Has been identified.

He said he believed in the basic friendship between the two countries formed by family ties, travel, commerce, and sharing of values, but for the past four to five years, Canadians "Betrayed by a lack of mutual affection from the United States."

Meanwhile, Freeland said Canada is the country of greatest concern about the development of the United States, but Canadians should be confident "us. Can deal with sunny days and deal with snowstorms. "

But when it comes to ensuring a stable and sustainable relationship with the country's most important partners, Freeland is a Canadian. He also emphasized the responsibility he bears. She states in that Canada needs to consider a credible and responsible ally, but the image presented during a winter convoy protest that disrupted border traffic and trade. She said it wasn't.

"The reputation of being a credible trading partner and investee seemed to decline every minute. It's impossible. We self-harm. It's not a big, rich country, to cut off a part of myself, "she told Hall.

In February, protesters blocking the road at the border crossing on the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the convoy's protests at the border between Ottawa and the United States challenged Canada's image as a credible and responsible ally. (Geoff Robins / AFP / Getty Images)

I don't think of anything obvious

In different ways, Canadian and American officials, respectively. He pointed out that it was renewed and regained vitality. Engagement with both domestic citizens and cross-border partners as a way to revitalize both relations and their respective democracy .

Cohen has shown that past challenges "should not take this incredible relationship and mutual commitment to democratic values ​​so lightly and lightly. It's automatic. It won't happen. " "

Mr. Böhm said that it was up to politicians to act in a straightforward and clear manner and oppose cynicism and misinformation in the public sphere.

Deputy Prime Minister Christia Freeland, Minister and Finance Minister, sits with Chris Hall and talks about what the country can do to get the most important bilateral relations with the United States on track.

Freeland said the moment The overthrow of the rights of Law vs. Wadeshaw in politics is not natural and there is a risk of self-satisfaction. As such.

"There is always a backlash and all rights can be eroded. All institutions can be attacked and collapsed. Democracy is not inevitable. Women's rights are not inevitable. "

Regarding the relationship between Canada and the United States, Murphy said that close relationships can always be close. And when it comes to democracy in the United States, there's never been a more important time to appear and vote —to support democracy through action.

"Vote and vote for the democratic side," he said. But I'm not talking more about the essence of America, the constitution that underpins our country, which I need to rally, rather than partisan politics.

Regarding the recent SCOTUS ruling and revelation regarding the January 6 attack, Murphy said he hoped it would spur active democratic participation. Please please God, that democracy is alive and well.