Canadian, American officials optimistic on democracy, despite ‘concerning cocktail’ of threats

Canadian, American officials optimistic on democracy, despite ‘concerning cocktail’ of threats

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  • July 2, 2022
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Despite a series of challenges in both Canada and the United States, politicians on both sides of the border say they are confident the two countries can overcome a difficult political climate and secure their respective democracies.

In interviews on CBC Radio’s The House airing Saturday, U.S. Ambassador David Cohen, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Senator Peter Boehm and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy all offered their takes on the state of the Canada-U.S. relationship and the strength of democracy in their countries.

Murphy, a Democrat who has served as New Jersey governor since 2018, told host Chris Hall that the United States faces a “cocktail of concerns” when it comes to its own democracy.

He pointed to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, on which Congress is currently holding hearings, but he also talked about how he believed the Supreme Court in the U.S. was out of step with public opinion on divisive issues like abortion and gun possession.

American ambassador to Canada David Cohen talks to The House about the Canada-U.S. relationship, then Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy and Canadian senator Peter Boehm sit down to discuss the state of democracy in Canada and the United States.

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