“Members are concerned that Canada does not seem to be ready or willing to make the concessions that are necessary for a fair and high-standard agreement,” said House of Representatives majority whip Steve Scalise in a statement.
The U.S. appears to be losing patience with the Trudeau government’s negotiating tactics on NAFTA.
That’s according to a statement released by House majority whip Steve Scalise.
The statement can be read below:
“Now that the Trump administration has completed a new trade deal with Mexico, and continues negotiations on a better agreement with Canada, there is a growing frustration with many in Congress regarding Canada’s negotiating tactics. Members are concerned that Canada does not seem to be ready or willing to make the concessions that are necessary for a fair and high-standard agreement. While we would all like to see Canada remain part of this three-country coalition, there is not an unlimited amount of time for it to be part of this new agreement. Congress takes seriously and intends to fully enforce the deadlines established in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA). We will not short-circuit the open, transparent, and accountable process established under TPA to ensure that the full text is available to the public. Mexico negotiated in good faith and in a timely manner, and if Canada does not cooperate in the negotiations, Congress will have no choice but to consider options about how best to move forward and stand up for American workers.”
Scalise’s statement raises the stakes for Canada. Trudeau appears to betting that he can virtue-signal and bluff his way to political benefit by being seen as ‘fighting’ the Trump Administration, while assuming that someone else will bail him out and either keep Canada in NAFTA, or let him blame Trump for any economic fallout.
But that’s an incredibly dangerous bet to make when our economy is at stake, and it increasingly appears that the U.S. is willing to call Trudeau’s bluff and move ahead on a bilateral deal with Mexico – leaving Canada behind.