Canada has been absent from the talks for some time.
With Canada having been on the sidelines for weeks, the U.S. & Mexico have reportedly reached a preliminary deal on NAFTA.
According to the NY Times, “The agreement with Mexico centers on rules governing the automobile industry, resolving a big source of friction, but leaves aside other contentious issues that affect all three countries.”
On Saturday, Trump had tweeted that things between the U.S. & Mexico were going well:
“Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour. Some really good people within both the new and old government, and all working closely together….A big Trade Agreement with Mexico could be happening soon!”
Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour. Some really good people within both the new and old government, and all working closely together….A big Trade Agreement with Mexico could be happening soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2018
This is a concerning development for Canada.
Despite the brave (and deceptive) face the Trudeau government has tried to put on their exclusion from NAFTA talks, the reality is that it’s bad news for Canada to not be at the table.
Considering how important the auto sector is to our country, it is a big problem for our country to not even be included as a deal on that sector gets hammered out. No amount of government spin or propaganda can change that.
The Trudeau-Freeland strategy of virtue-signalling and throwing away any leverage we had to score temporary political points has clearly been disastrous. Now, Canada is on the outside looking in as an agreement gets crafted without our input, and as our government increasingly has their backs up against the wall in a tough negotiation they totally mishandled.
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