In the United States, the stock market hit a high this morning, with the Dow jumping 250 points and Nasdaq hitting 8000 — on the rumour that a NAFTA deal was coming with Mexico. That’s how important NAFTA is to all three countries!
So, where does Canada come in if this latest agreement is only with Mexico? I mean, many of us remember that on June 14th, 2018, in Toronto, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada would not be at the U.S./Mexico NAFTA negotiations because both had to deal with their bilateral issues before trilateral concerns where added. In effect saying, “don’t worry, be happy,” because once those issues are completed, Canada would re-join the discussion.
Freeland’s actual words were: “Once the bilateral issues get resolved, Canada will be joining the talks to work on both bilateral issues and our trilateral issues.”
Well, it would seem that President Trump has other ideas about Canada’s involvement. Today, for example, Trump said clearly that he plans to scrap NAFTA. As Alex Pierson wrote so eloquently on Twitter a short while ago, “Canada is screwed.” Well, for the sake of thousands of jobs, particularly in the auto industry, I sure hope not. But, it seems as though Trump wants separate deals with both countries.
Why? My best guess is that unless Trudeau and company are willing to convince Quebec’s dairy industry that a compromise must be made regarding their supply management system, there will be no agreement. And, make no mistake, Trump is after that system. For example, I listen to many of Trump’s rallies and at his most recent in West Virginia, he reminded everyone about Canada’s dairy cartel.
Without a doubt, the Trudeau government seems stuck on stupid. Removing themselves from discussions with Mexico was a mistake. Trying to include climate change and other progressive Liberal values was also a mistake. It was a trade agreement, not a cultural agreement. As a government, perhaps the problem is that the Trudeau Liberals spend too much time preaching to everyone, including calling any Canadian who dares to ask a question about the illegals crossing into Canada a racist.
Look, I am totally in favour of immigration. Most of us are children or grandchildren of immigrants. What is wrong now is that the asylum seekers walking across the U.S. Canada border are illegal and undocumented. We have no idea, most of the time, knowing who they are and where they are from. But, just like all immigrants, the asylum seekers will eventually need jobs, jobs that are already in peril given our dependence on U.S. trade.
Which makes me wonder where are the Andrew Scheer Conservatives are in all this? I mean, their unwillingness to talk about the dairy issue was apparent in the CPC’s recent convention. So, I ask, if the Conservatives win the 2019 federal election, which I hope they do, what would they do differently than the Liberals are doing now?