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Donald Trump doesn’t scare former prime minister Stephen Harper.

And whereas the bombastic, protectionist American president may make him “uncomfortable,” it’s politicians like Bernie Sanders who Harper says really alarm him.

“I look at Donald Trump,” he mentioned. “Obviously, there’s things that I’m uncomfortable with but the Bernie Sanders of the world or the Jeremy Corbyns in Britain are the ones that really, really frighten me.”

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In an unique broadcast interview airing Sunday, the previous prime minister joined the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson in New York City to speak international commerce, protectionism, populism and the way they tie collectively in his new e-book, Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership within the Age of Disruption.

He mentioned his worry is that politicians like Sanders and Corbyn would do “irreversible” injury to international market economies if elected.

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“The Donald Trumps of the world, the Nigel Farages of the world — one can disagree with them, especially a conservative like myself,” he mentioned.

“But they are at least trying to fix what they see ails democratic, capitalist, market-oriented societies and my fear is if they don’t have success or if conservatives do not adapt to the political pressures that are driving these movements, my concern is we will have the left-wing version of that, which will be anti-market, which will be socialist or Marxist economics, which I believe would turn us in an irreversible, downturn direction.”

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Harper, who resigned as an MP following his get together’s 2015 loss to the Liberals, has largely stayed out of the limelight within the years since whereas beginning up a consulting agency, Harper & Associates, which noticed him make headlines once more final yr after a leaked memo to shoppers instructed the present authorities was “napping on NAFTA” negotiations.

The deal, now renegotiated and dubbed the USMCA, was a frequent goal of Trump in his bid to attraction to American voters who felt they’d gotten the uncooked finish of each that deal and broader international commerce agreements which have led to an outsourcing of blue collar manufacturing jobs to locations like China.

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In addition to the president slapping tariffs price billions on Chinese items, he and negotiating events additionally agreed to incorporate a provision within the new deal that requires the U.S., Canada and Mexico to present one another three months’ discover earlier than they begin free commerce talks with a “non-market country.”

That’s code for China, which the usdoesn’t acknowledge as a market economic system.

Conservative MPs have argued that provision primarily makes Canada right into a “vassal state.”

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But Harper mentioned it may truly assist Canada achieve a stronger place to repair what he described because the “very serious problem” of a commerce imbalance with China.

“It’s certainly a novel chapter. We haven’t seen anything like it before in a trade deal. I think it’s very interesting,” he mentioned.

“All three countries are suffering from growing trade imbalances with China so I think this is an opportunity for our government to work with the United States, frankly, on something that we could not do on our own. I think it would be very difficult for Canada alone to try and fix that structural trade imbalance problem.”

That imbalance has triggered a one-way move of jobs that has harm the center lessons, he mentioned, and can proceed to take action if not addressed.

Harper mentioned he views these issues about financial instability as realigning the political spectrum.

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Rather than a spectrum that runs from conservative to liberal, the extremes are swinging in the direction of populism on one finish and elitism on the opposite, with each historically blue and pink events combating to adapt to the issues shaping that evolution.

That must adapt is placing stress on politicians of all stripes, he mentioned.

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“But it’s actually on the centre-left that you see the worst effects,” Harper mentioned, suggesting the Labour Party in Britain has been “taken over by extremists.”

“The Democratic Party is close to that in the United States.”

So who’s best-placed to deal with the issues fuelling the populist unfold?

In Harper’s view, conservatives, each in Canada and overseas.

“I think conservatives are better placed to adapt because I think the fundamentals of what we stand for — the necessity of having a market economy, making that serve, you know, greater public interest, and also our belief in traditional institutions like faith, family, the nation state, nationalism,” he mentioned.

“I think these things allow us — and are less ideological in nature — allow us to adapt.”

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