The situation around the future of the NAFTA deal became uncertain after US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of 25% import tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum for many countries, including its allies, in a bid to "fix the trade balance".
The Canadian prime minister will host the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States for an annual G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec on Friday and Saturday.
Last week Trudeau was publicly critical of Trump's big announcement, saying, "The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable".
Canada set a deadline of July 1st for us to lift our moronic tariffs before they respond with theirs, and make this trade war amongst allies official.
He went on to acknowledge the scheduled bilateral meeting between the two leaders at this week's G7 summit, a gathering that's widely expected to be a group effort in decrying Trump's trade tactics to his face and trying to convince him to reverse course. "I'm always the optimist, I believe it can be worked out", Kudlow said.
Good luck, suggested Kudlow, the director of the US National Economic Council.
But observers noted that Trudeau's pointed rebuke last week, calling for "common sense" to prevail in the USA administration, marked a turning point for the worse in the relationship.
Kudlow refused to discuss the call, in which CNN says Trump brought up the War of 1812 by asking Trudeau "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"
"The numbers are clear: The United States has a $2 billion USA dollars surplus in steel trade with Canada - and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports".
"The world economic order is under pressure, under attack", Canadian Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne said. "We think that demonstrating the strength of NAFTA as a solid community as we take on the world is very much in all three of our advantages, and we're going to continue to negotiate that way".
"Let us modernize what needs to be modernized", he added in reference to the WTO. "But let's also remember that these global rules have allowed all of our economies to prosper".
In August 1814, the White House was attacked by the British in response to an American attack on York, Ontario, which is a territory that belonged to England and is now part of modern-day Canada.