Has doubts over whether deal can be reached by Friday.
Peter MacKay – who served as Foreign Affairs Minister from 2006-2007 in the Harper government – expressed doubts over whether Canada and the US can reach a NAFTA deal by the Friday deadline, and says Canada isn’t in a good spot.
Speaking to BNN Bloomberg, MacKay said “It seems like a bridge too far. Minister Chrystia Freeland [is] looking very tentative, being very vague in terms of where Canada will come down on what seems to be a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ type of offer. So, we’re in a corner. We’re in a tight spot and – to mix metaphors – when it comes to Mexico and [the] U.S., we’re already under the bus.”
Added MacKay, “Where Canada finds itself now is [negotiating on] things such as Chapter 19, which is a no-fly-zone from the very beginning, or so it would seem. Or it means concessions on supply management, which is also a hotly-contested political issue here in Canada.”
This is an important point being made by MacKay. The Trudeau government is trying to claim that Canada being left out of negotiations for the last month and a half wasn’t a problem, and that lots of work has been going on over the past year.
The reality however is that – as MacKay said – Canada is basically starting from the beginning on lots of these issues – raising doubts over whether any progress was made whatsoever. It’s also interesting how the ‘gender’ and ‘environmental’ issues raised by the Trudeau Liberals are nowhere to be seen.
The Liberals wasted the entire year of negotiations, and only made things worse.
Trudeau and Freeland have failed in every issue they tried to put forward, destroyed our leverage, and Canada is now fully on the defensive with almost no time left.
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