Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the Trudeau government needs to step up with their NAFTA negotiations with the United States.
In a letter obtained by The Canadian Press Harper said the threat is real, the letter was titled “Napping on NAFTA.”
“I fear that the NAFTA re-negotiation is going very badly. I also believe that President (Donald) Trump’s threat to terminate NAFTA is not a bluff… I believe this threat is real. Therefore, Canada’s government needs to get its head around this reality: it does not matter whether current American proposals are worse than what we have now. What matters in evaluating them is whether it is worth having a trade agreement with the Americans or not.” said the letter signed by Harper.
Harper also criticized the Canadian government for negotiating NAFTA too much with Mexico instead of the US.
“How did we get ourselves in this position?… The elephant is Mexico… In fact, the U.S. is both irked and mystified by the Liberals’ unwavering devotion to Mexico,” he said.
Finally Harper attacked the Trudeau government for their progressive trade policies.
“Did anyone really think that the Liberals could somehow force the Trump administration into enacting their agenda – union power, climate change, aboriginal claims, gender issues? But while the Canadian government was doing that, the Americans have been laying down their real demands.”
Future NAFTA negotiations with the United States remain up in the air for now.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.