The inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States in a few days is not only impacting the American political landscape, but has also sparked a cabinet shuffle in Canada. From an immigration point of view, Trump's policy related to "America first" as it is applied to jobs is a key area of concern, especially regarding professional jobs created through the NAFTA free trade agreement.
Without being in Trump's office or on his transition team, it is difficult to tell exactly what he has in store. Maybe Trump does not intend to abrogate the NAFTA agreement regarding immigration. On the other hand, should Trump decide to make changes, thousands of Mexican and Canadian ex-pats working in professional occupations in the United States and thousands of American professionals working in Mexico and Canada could be impacted.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet changes in anticipation of Trump's arrival have been quite dramatic. He has designated Chrystia Freeland as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs to deal with America. Described by the media as someone with excellent U.S. contacts in view of her former career as a financial journalist who worked in New York, Freeland more recently helped seal Canada's free trade deal with the European Union in her post as the former Minister of International Trade. That success raised her profile and helped secure the foreign affairs portfolio.