Politics Briefing: U.S. criticizes Canada on defence spending

Good morning,

It’s the Fourth of July, so there will be plenty of fireworks today – both literal and metaphorical.

Of the latter variety, U.S. President Donald Trump continues to butt heads with his allies, this time on the subject of military spending. In letters sent to many countries, including Canada, Germany and Norway, the Trump administration criticizes the fellow NATO members for not living up to their goals of spending 2 per cent of their GDP on defence.

Canada, which has no plan to meet the 2-per-cent target, is focusing on the other ways it is supporting the military alliance. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the mission in Latvia next week on his way to a meeting of NATO leaders in Belgium.

And even if the constant international conflict makes you just want to go back to bed, unfortunately the trade war will reach you even there. Canada’s tariffs on U.S. goods – triggered in retaliation of other moves made by the U.S. – are affecting the American mattress industry. You may not have heard about this yet, since it’s, ahem, a sleeper issue.

This is the daily Politics Briefing newsletter, written by Chris Hannay in Ottawa and James Keller in Vancouver. If you’re reading this on the web or someone forwarded this email newsletter to you, you can sign up for Politics Briefing and all Globe newsletters here. Have any feedback? Let us know what you think.


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