Is the government trying to hide the true state of NAFTA negotiations from Canadians?
A disturbing moment during a NAFTA roundtable seems to have revealed the true state of NAFTA negotiations.
While the government has been trying to put a positive spin on things, Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator let slip what’s really happening.
The negotiator was asked, “Do you still meet your counterparts? Do you still have committees that are working? What is the status of the…”
At that moment, the chief negotiator responded and said “We don’t have any active negotiations.”
He added, “I haven’t talked to them in a little while.”
When asked how long it was since he’s talked to the other NAFTA negotiators, he said “since two or three weeks. I’ll have the odd conversation, but no real engagement, no real negotiating session.”
That is huge news, since the Trudeau government has been saying that negotiations are ongoing.
After this was revealed, Chrystia Freeland – showing that usual Trudeau government “openness and transparency” – said in French “We’ll talk later, but not here.”
You can watch the moment in the clip below:
There was a slightly awkward moment at a photo-op today with @cafreeland and Canada’s NAFTA council. @CBCKatie provides some context on the blunder. #pnpcbc #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/vAKWEI5rgc
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) June 22, 2018
While CBC tries passing it off as “an awkward moment,” it’s actually quite disturbing for our country.
This look behind the scenes is far different from the public line the government has been using, and it raises some serious questions about the competence of the Trudeau government.
Also, Canadians have the right to know how the negotiations are going, and Freeland trying to hide what’s really happening is a disgrace.
When all of this is going on, how can anyone be expected to trust this government?
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