How long can the Trudeau government keep pretending that our negotiating leverage hasn’t been completely destroyed?
As the U.S. & Mexico continue getting closer to a NAFTA deal, Canada remains on the sidelines.
And it seems our country won’t be rejoining the talks anytime soon.
From August 26th to 30th, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be heading to Europe. She’s visiting Ukraine, France, and Germany.
What makes this especially concerning is that a few days ago, Mexican negotiator Jesus Seade “put a new question mark Wednesday over Canada’s participation in NAFTA talks, suggesting this country will not necessarily join in next week if the U.S. and its southern neighbour finish their own, two-way deal. And Jesus Seade seemed to indicate that any bilateral agreement with the U.S. could cover major trilateral issues — issues of pressing importance to Canadian officials.”
“I don’t see any reason why they have to come after we finish. It’s up to (U.S. Trade Representative Robert) Lighthizer to organize his time,” said Seade.
So, what’s happening is that the U.S. & Mexico are coming to an agreement that both countries think will work out for them, while Canadian negotiators aren’t part of the process – meaning our interests don’t get represented.
Then, Canada will be presented with a final deal we didn’t have a say in, meaning our country will either reject it (and Mexico & the U.S. would just sign a bilateral deal), or the Trudeau government will have to agree to concessions that could have been avoided if they didn’t reject the possibility of a Canada – U.S. bilateral deal last year.
Pathetically, the Trudeau government keeps claiming they’re ‘glad’ to see the U.S. & Mexico negotiating, ignoring the obvious reality that Canada’s negotiating leverage has been wiped out.
This is a nightmare for Canada, and it’s an example of the total failure of the Freeland-Trudeau virtue-signalling approach to trade negotiations. And with Freeland heading to Europe while the U.S. & Mexico keep talking, it looks like that failure is getting even worse.
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