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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Huron-Bruce Tory MP Says Some Mistakes Made In NAFTA Talks

Huron-Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Ben Lobb believes federal Liberals mistaken in joining with Mexico in trade talks.

The US and Mexico have been negotiating their part of the North American Free Trade Agreement in recent days, amid scepticism a new deal can be reached before Labour Day.

Talks aimed at a new trilateral deal also including Canada have continued under the shadow cast by trade tariffs imposed by the US, and counter-tariffs from Canada and Mexico.

Huron-Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb believes the Liberal government has made a mistake by joining with Mexico in the deal, and that Canadians will wind up paying for it.

Lobb maintains Ottawa derailed negotiations, because of the Trudeau government's opposition to a proposed five-year sunset clause for any partner who wants to pull out of the deal.

Agriculture and dispute resolution are among other sticking points in the way of a renegotiated NAFTA settlement.

Lobb says the talks must go above politics, because the economic relationship among all three countries goes beyond who leads them.

He notes Canada's economy and financial well-being depend on a workable deal that our nation, the US and Mexico can live with.

Canadian negotiators were not at the table Friday but our Ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton expects them to return this week.

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