That Canada and Mexico both share a land-border with the United States (US) and that this results in a special bond with respect to trade, security and other mutually conducted affairs augurs that their relationship, in 2019, as already shown here in 2018, will continue to pose unique problems given the current policy and temperament of the present administration in Washington, DC.
Canada has recently been unexpectedly drawn into a trade war between the US and China since acting upon US request, the northern nation detained a high ranking Chinese tech official, who was held for some 11 days before being granted CAN$10 million bail. China has expressed dissatisfaction over Canada's detaining of the Chinese business woman, who could be extradited to the US to face fraud charges allegedly tied to doing business with Iran. In the aftermath of the Canadian action, China has also detained three Canadian citizens on breeches of Chinese law.
While the US remains Canada's largest trading partner, the Maple Leaf nation has been steadily increasing its ties with China and its recent action upon US request against the Chinese executive, could slow or sour relations with China in 2019, thus spawning economic losses.
In spite of its entanglement in US related matters, Canada will continue in 2019 to be a beacon of rational thought with empathy to the less fortune and home to millions of progressive people. The country will continue to progress socially and economically in 2019, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may face a leadership challenge.
With regards to Mexico, it stands to gain economic prosperity in 2019 despite the Trump administration's insistence on building a wall along the southern border and that migrants should stay in Mexico pending their asylum hearings to the enter the US, a policy that could transform northern Mexico into a tent-city of economic refugees from Central America.
Tomorrow: The World in 2019 - the Caribbean.