Things are unraveling quickly on the Canada-U.S. trade file and that puts millions of jobs and millions of Canadian workers at risk.
Last night, Donald Trump took aim at Canada again, even did a Justin Trudeau impersonation of sorts during his speech. He is ticked and not backing down.
Some Canadians are saying great, and it is fascinating to watch Canadians swear off all things American on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, likely posted using their iPhones. Seems many will swear off all American products while using American products and not see a problem. They just want a fight.
None of that helps Canadian workers.
Now before we get to what Trump said last night, let’s check out what happened last Friday. In a moment of honesty that was not meant for the cameras, Canada’s top negotiator said there have been no talks with the Americans in weeks.
See the video from CBC.
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) June 22, 2018
“We don’t have any active negotiations. I haven’t talked to them in a little while,” Canada’s chief negotiator Steve Verheul said.
When asked when the last time they spoke, Verheul expanded.
“Two or three weeks. Um, I’ll have the odd conversation, but no real engagement, no real negotiation session,” Verheul explained.
Foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland shut down the casual banter quickly nothing the cameras in the room.
No talks in weeks.
That is not a good sign for Canada and not a good sign for the possibility of a trade deal with the United States. As I have noted before, we need the Americans more than they need us. We send more than 75% of our exports to the U.S. while they send about 18% of their exports to us.
The trading relationship is lopsided and we are the more dependent party.
All the chest thumping in the world won’t help secure a deal and the Canadian pride, really anti-Americanism, being espoused by so many won’t feed Canadian workers or their families.
Which brings me to Trump’s latest comments.
“What’s your problem, Justin”: U.S. President Trump continued to call out Prime Minister Trudeau while speaking at a rally in South Carolina.
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— CTV News (@CTVNews) June 26, 2018
Trump once again raised the issue of dairy tariffs and Trudeau’s antics at the G7. I’ve written about what Trudeau did to set Trump off before, using all left wing sources, and Trump appears to confirm it here.
He had a deal with Trudeau and then Trudeau went around talking about the Americans as bullies after Trump gave Canada concessions that we wanted.
The end result……no talks in weeks. An angry president. A president that now has Canada in his cross hairs.
If Trudeau took these issues seriously then he would have spoken personally to Donald Trump since the G7 but according to Trudeau at his press conference to close Parliament last week he hasn’t. He also said at that time that he would not speak to Trump until the NATO meetings in mid-July.
What kind of game is Trudeau playing?
He made a mess of NAFTA and the relationship with the U.S. He won’t speak to Trump. When asked by the Conservatives to immediately ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership to diversify Canadian trade in the face of the American trade war, Trudeau said no.
So he is at war with our closest trading partner and won’t speak to their leader, won’t expand trade with other countries, can’t get a simple pipeline built in Canada, is imposing new taxes and costs onto Canadian businesses which will hurt our competitiveness.
You would think he was working against Canada instead of for us.