High-Ranking Republican Says U.S. Congress Running Out Of Patience With Trudeau Government On NAFTA

“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.

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Mike Allan
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Mike Allan

Up,up,up goes the USA.Down,down,down goes Canada and all the hard working Canadian taxpaying citizens that never grabbed a penny that wasn’t earned.How sad.

NancyW
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NancyW

Trudeau is the bad deal for Canada, actually I feel sorry and embarrassed again by this socialist foreign puppet fake governments, childish dog and pony show again, in the USA, our neighbor and friend that has done a lot for this country, but then I found his father Pierre T, just as stupidly rude and arrogant and was embarrassed. I hope Canada grows up, and finally will see the damage and lies we are being told. Our freedom, wealth and progress must be worked for, politics are actually very important, really think before voting. We really need a government FOR… Read more »

Gary Hudson
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Gary Hudson

First of all, what is proposed is not “a fair and high standard agreement”. NAFTA was a fair and high standard agreement in that was negotiated over time, and for instance, allowed the US to subsidize certain of their industries, and allowed Canada to do likewise. The NAFTA contains agreed terms for resolving disagreements or changes to NAFTA. Mr Trump has focused on one issue of NAFTA (Big duties on dairy imports to Canada) and unilaterally imposed duties on Canadian goods. That is not fair or high standard. Canada has some good negotiators (and NOT including the hapless Christine Freeland)… Read more »

Ralph Knapp
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Ralph Knapp

Trudeau must believe Canada can be successful as an island in the world. In other words, he doesn’t have a damn clue. When he insists that any country we trade with must adhere to his social demands, the chances of a deal are slim to none.

Ron Shaw
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Someone , quick call Harper up ! If he gets the blame from Todumb , then at least he should get a shot at negotiating . On the other hand just let it fail completely , then let market economy and fair competition dictate the price of goods going back and forth across the border , then watch prices drop , unfortunately thousands of government workers who are dependent on the nafta tax monies for wages would be out of luck . Remember Canada , the only people who benefit fron nafta or the nafta tax is the government ,… Read more »

shawn harris
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shawn harris

Trudeau’s vanity and needless virtue signalling, are the single biggest reasons for Canada’s economic stability and future being destroyed, while he tries to blame everything on both Harper and Trump, for his own deliberate actions and failures. For Trudeau, our economy, even our friendship with America, are things he is only too willing to sacrifice on the altar of never ending power. Trudeau says he won’t sign just any deal to get a deal and his foreign minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has very skilled and experienced negotiators, yet still Trudeau hasn’t shown any tangible results so far. And what… Read more »

Brian Dougan
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Regarding NAFTA: Pardon my pessimism; but I think we’re done like dinner. Guess I should be more optimistic–“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” I’ve never felt threatened by any government–not even by Trudeau Senior’s horrid reign of social engineering–until now. We’re facing serious; serious problems…Problems that will affect most of us. Jobs/pensions/quality of life/cost of living/relationships with Americans/and for many–personal safety. Trudeau is truly evil. I don’t say that lightly.

sandra c
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sandra c

Give your head a shake…Trudeau. Your playing a “game” that’s not going to end well. Unfortunately, it’s Canadians who are going to suffer…NOT YOU.

jimmyvee
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jimmyvee

What fair about selling out your farmers, Canada has dairy the USA has big sugar both are protected with quotas and a 300% tariff on imports. How about you cut sugar tariff and Canada will process sugar cane from Cuba and sell to USA. That’s fair, that’s free trade.

By the way what part of not negotiating in public did the Republican not understand.