More bad news for Canada, as the US & Mexico get closer to a deal.
The Trudeau government has been desperately spinning about the state of NAFTA negotiations, acting as if it’s totally normal that the US and Mexico keep meeting while Canada is left out.
But as I’ve been saying for some time, it’s not normal. That’s not how negotiations are supposed to go.
And now, it’s obvious that Canada is in a severely weakened negotiating position, with zero leverage.
During a meeting with his cabinet, Trump spoke about how the negotiations are going:
“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now. Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now. But we’ll see how that works out. It will only work out to our favour.”
And the US strategy to strike a deal with Mexico, and use that to force Canada to sign a deal (after our leverage is gone), was discussed by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer:
“I’m hopeful with Mexico and then I hope once we get one with Mexico that Canada will come along.”
Amazingly, the Trudeau government kept trying to spin things as if it’s all going just fine:
“Minister Freeland, Ambassador (David) MacNaughton and the Canadian negotiating team are in regular contact with their counterparts and we look forward to continuing these important discussions in the coming weeks,” said spokesman Adam Austen.
It must be said once again, that the Trudeau government had a chance to get a quick NAFTA deal when the US was angry at Mexico, and refused. Instead, Freeland & Trudeau said they wanted “solidarity” with Mexico. Now, Mexico has decided to look after their own interests and seem to be getting along well with the US, while Canada is on the sidelines.
It’s yet another epic failure by the Trudeau government.
You can watch the Trump cabinet meeting below:
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