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Picking Berries, Playing Cards, Jumping in the Bay: The Canada Letter

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Learning all this from Peter A. Stevens, a history professor at Humber College in Toronto, gave me a dizzying sense of déjà vu. Once again, Canadians are becoming patriotic as our American neighbors move to withdraw from our economy.

I spoke to many Canadians this week who are mounting their own personal “boycott America” campaigns. Others, meanwhile, argue that we should be reaching out and not entrenching, particularly on a person-to-person level. It makes me wonder what kind of conversations are happening now, across docks around the country.

“I am so grateful that Canadians have been willing to share your beautiful country,” Alan, whose family is from Michigan, wrote in response to last week’s newsletter, “and your friendship.”

Upset? Insulted? Heartbroken?

We want to know how Canadians really feel about increasingly becoming the target of President Trump’s ire.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official response has been to introduce counter-tariffs while also renewing engagement efforts, reaching out to businessfolk and politicians across the United States. To some degree, that has been working. As my colleagues Coral Davenport and Ana Swanson reported this week, carmakers, soybean farmers and oil and gas companies are denouncing President Trump’s tariffs and shifting positions as bad for their business.

Do you think that’s the right strategy? If not, what do you think would be? Please let us know here.

Screen Time

Our colleagues at Watching have delivered the July batch of recommendations for Netflix subscribers in Canada. The offerings include Craig Gillespie’s faux-documentary of the unhinging of Tonya Harding, “I, Tonya,” as well as “A River Runs Through It,” which the reviewer, Scott Tobias, says is like seeing Robert Redford’s “persona in light: serene, morally upright, environmentally conscious and impossibly golden blonde and handsome.”

On the Bus

New York Times subscribers were so enthusiastic about the Stratford trip with the theater editor Scott Heller and the critic Jesse Green, we’ve booked another bus for July 14. Tickets are 125 Canadian dollars for Times subscribers.

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