‘We don’t have a single friend’: Canada’s Saudi spat reveals country is alone

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As Saudi officials lashed out at Canada this week, the US remained on the sidelines, signaling a blatant shift in the relationship

Soon after Donald Trump took office, it became clear that the longstanding relationship between the United States and its northern neighbour was about to change: there were terse renegotiations of Nafta, thousands of asylum seekers walking across the shared border and attacks on against Canada’s protectionist trade policies.

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