Harper Says Trudeau Government Avoiding NAFTA Deal For Their Own Political Benefit

It wouldn’t be the first time the Trudeau Liberals put their selfish political fortunes ahead of the good of Canada.

Stephen Harper ripped into Trudeau’s NAFTA negotiating strategy, saying the government is avoiding getting a deal done because the fight with Trump benefits Trudeau politically.

According to a recording ‘obtained’ by CTV of Harper speaking at the Australia-Economic Leadership Forum in Montreal, Harper said the following:

“The reality is that the Government of Canada believes today that is it doing very well, the fight with Trump is good for it politically – it is winning. So if it can take that fight and continue it, and more importantly paint conservatives as linked to Donald Trump, this is great for them. And so right now that is the strategy they are on.”

Speaking to BNN Bloomberg, Jeff Weniger from WisdomTree Asset Management said “I think that the fact that Harper is accusing Trudeau of playing a political game – I don’t know that it’s such a bombshell, it kind of makes sense. You can clearly see that it’s a political winner in Canada to make statements adverse to Trump – or to show that you are standing up to Trump. I think the political calculus works for Trudeau to do that.”

Harper also said “he could be “very helpful to them,” but the Trudeau government didn’t want his help; rather they wanted to “use” him in another way.”

This isn’t a surprise. As I wrote in June, there’s growing evidence that Justin Trudeau is misleading Canadians about the trade war for his own selfish political gain. Trudeau can score points against Trump, and deflect blame for the fact that the economy is already weakening.

Trudeau and the Liberals have regularly put their own political power ahead of serving Canadians, and Harper’s analysis is 100% right. Canadians can’t trust this government.

Spencer Fernando

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