SECRETIVE: Trudeau Refuses To Answer Questions On NAFTA Renegotiation

After saying he would be glad to talk to the opposition about Canada’s NAFTA negotiation strategy, Trudeau refuses invite to answer questions in front of trade committee.

As Justin Trudeau plays political games and tries preemptively blaming the opposition for any possible NAFTA negotiation failures, he is going back on his recent statement that he would be glad to share Canada’s negotiation strategy with opposition MP’s.

Adding to the hypocrisy of Trudeau (who promised the most open and accountable government ever), his refusal comes after he’s been saying how “non-partisan” Canada’s NAFTA strategy should be. Once again, all words, no actions.

The Toronto Star reported that NDP MP Tracey Ramsey invited Trudeau and other top cabinet ministers to speak to the House of Commons Trade Committee to answer questions about how the government would be renegotiating the deal.

Ramsey notes that the U.S. government has been more transparent – as they publicly released an 18 page list of priorities for the negotiations. “We’re not asking for the specifics on how they’re going to negotiate every item, but we can clearly see from the 18 pages of priorities with the U.S. that they’ve made public — we could do the exact same thing,” said Ramsey.

Unfortunately, the committee is dominated by government members, and they (on orders from the PMO of course), rejected the idea of having Trudeau and other cabinet members answer questions.

Instead, they decided to just send Minister Chrystia Freeland, and she will only answer questions on August 14 – just two days before negotiations start. By that time, it will be far too late for the opposition to have any input on the negotiating strategy, making Freeland’s appearance there basically meaningless. That’s Trudeau’s elitist style of “leadership.” A few people at the top make all the decisions with no input from the rest of us – not even other elected MP’s.

As a result, the Trudeau government is deliberately shutting out the opposition from any say over how Canada renegotiates such an important trade agreement.

So much for being “non-partisan” on NAFTA.

Spencer Fernando

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