WINNIPEG – Manitoba businesses who trade heavily with the United States are watching with cautious optimism now that Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States.
Trump previously said he’s in favor of changing the North American Free Trade Agreement to turn the focus on more protectionist measures.
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce head Chuck Davidson says there is definitely a level of uncertainty among the business community.
Davidson was one of hundreds attending a chamber breakfast Friday morning where the US Consul to Winnipeg, Christopher Gunning, addressed the crowd.
Gunning believes too many people are “reading tea leaves” to try and predict how Trump might impact trade policy.
In 2015, Manitoba exports south of the border totaled 16 billion dollars with agriculture, meats, metals and minerals topping the list.