Trudeau: don’t let Trump bully Canada into a bad trade deal

U.S. President Trump announced he is ditching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in favour of a new agreement called the “U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement.” He says Canada has the option to sign on to the deal if we “play fair.”

President Trump has given Canada until this Friday to accept the terms of the deal, or the U.S. will officially terminate NAFTA.

He then threatened to implement steep tariffs on Canada’s car manufacturing industry if these conditions are not met.

Once again, President Trump is posturing and bullying Canada – this time threatening our farmers and their supply management system, our autoworkers, our access to prescription drugs, and our democracy.

Ironically, President Trump may not even have the authority to approach NAFTA negotiations this way. U.S. Congress’ fast track authority gave President Trump the right to negotiate NAFTA, not any bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico.

Canada cannot give into this threat. Tell Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to hold out for a fairer NAFTA – one that makes things better for people and the planet, not American corporate interests.

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