Trade Talks: Intentionally Obtuse Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Discusses Tariffs….

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland begin a U.S. media grievance tour to frame a narrative around the recent Steel and Aluminum tariffs.

The Canadian duo intentionally conflate a U.S. objective to secure the Steel and Aluminum industrial base into a narrative that the U.S. is targeting Canada as a security threat.  Despite this shamefully obtuse argument the majority of Canadians and the vast majority of Americans can see right through this nonsense.  Trudeau and Freeland should be ashamed (but they won’t be), watch:

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Canada and Mexico have both structured their international trade deals around their ability to provide access to the coveted $20 trillion U.S. market. Rather than fix the fatal flaw in NAFTA, which would cost them billions, both nations have doubled down with demands that their dependency model be allowed to continue. They are both about to discover the catastrophic consequences to that decision. Their economic losses will now be exponentially larger as an outcome of their entrenched ideology.

Unfortunately for the politically-minded Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia  Freeland what they both don’t understand is that President Trump doesn’t care about their delicate sensibilities and blame-casting maneuvers. POTUS Trump was elected specifically because he doesn’t apply a political prism in front of economic or national security decisions.

NAFTA is dead, all three countries know it, and the aspect that both Canada and Mexico have only recently become aware of is Trump is in no rush to announce it. President Trump is in no rush to announce it because the effects of withdrawal are already well underway. Investors are not going to invest in Canada and Mexico while the looming uncertainty of a U.S. NAFTA exit looms in the air.

What PM Trudeau doesn’t mention [nor FM Chrystia Freeland ] is that U.S. steel is actually U.S. auto-sector steel being shipped just across the border to be used in U.S. owned manufacturing plants in Canada. Take that away and the entire steel narrative is lost.  [Steel Statistics]

Canada doesn’t make much steel and aluminum, because the Trudeau-minded do-gooder environmentalists in Canada have killed off their heavy manufacturing industrial base. Which is exactly what President Trump is attempting to ensure doesn’t happen in the United States.

(pdf Link available HERE)

 

Learn more about World Steel Production Here

The essential problem with NAFTA was an evolution over time.  In its current form NAFTA became an exploited doorway into the coveted U.S. market.  Asian economic interests, large multinational corporations, invested in Mexico and Canada as a way to work around any direct trade deals with the U.S.

By shipping parts to Mexico and/or Canada; and by deploying satellite manufacturing and assembly facilities in Canada and/or Mexico; China, Asia and to a lesser extent EU corporations exploited a loophole.  Through a process of building, assembling or manufacturing their products in Mexico/Canada those foreign corporations can skirt U.S. trade tariffs and direct U.S. trade agreements.  The finished foreign products entered the U.S. under NAFTA rules.

Why deal with the U.S. when you can just deal with Mexico, and use NAFTA rules to ship your product directly into the U.S. market?

This exploitative approach, a backdoor to the U.S. market, was the primary reason for massive foreign investment in Canada and Mexico; it was also the primary reason why candidate Donald Trump, now President Donald Trump, wanted to shut down that loophole and renegotiate NAFTA.

This loophole was the primary reason for U.S. manufacturers to relocate operations to Mexico.  Corporations within the U.S. Auto-Sector could enhance profits by building in Mexico or Canada using parts imported from Asia/China.  The labor factor was not as big a part of the overall cost consideration as cheaper parts and imported raw materials.

If you understand the reason why U.S. companies benefited from those moves, you can begin to understand if the U.S. was going to remain inside NAFTA President Trump would have remained engaged in TPP.

As soon as President Trump withdrew from TPP the problem with the Canada and Mexico loophole grew.  All corporations from TPP nations would now have an option to exploit the same NAFTA loophole.

Why ship directly to the U.S., or manufacturer inside the U.S., when you could just assemble in Mexico and Canada and use NAFTA to bring your products to the ultimate goal, the massive U.S. market?

From the POTUS Trump position, NAFTA always came down to two options:

Option #1 – renegotiate the NAFTA trade agreement to eliminate the loopholes.  That would require Canada and Mexico to agree to very specific rules put into the agreement by the U.S. that would remove the ability of third-party nations to exploit the current trade loophole. Essentially the U.S. rules would be structured around removing any profit motive with regard to building in Canada or Mexico and shipping into the U.S.

Canada and Mexico would have to agree to those rules; the goal of the rules would be to stop third-party nations from exploiting NAFTA.  The problem in this option is the exploitation of NAFTA currently benefits Canada and Mexico.  It is against their interests to remove it.  Knowing it was against their interests President Trump never thought it was likely Canada or Mexico would ever agree.  But he was willing to explore and find out.

Option #2 – Exit NAFTA.  And subsequently deal with Canada and Mexico individually with structured trade agreements about their imports.  Canada and Mexico could do as they please, but each U.S. bi-lateral trade agreement would be written with language removing the aforementioned cost-benefit-analysis to third-party countries (same as in option #1.)

All nuanced trade-sector issues put aside, the larger issue was always how third-party nations will seek to gain access to the U.S. market through Canada and Mexico.  [It is the NAFTA exploitation loophole which has severely damaged the U.S. manufacturing base.]

This is not direct ‘protectionism’, it is simply smart and fair trade.

Unfortunately, the U.S. CoC, funded by massive multinational corporations, is spending hundreds of millions on lobbying congress to keep the NAFTA loophole open.

The U.S. has to look upstream, deep into the trade agreements made by Mexico and Canada with third-parties, because it is possible for other nations to skirt direct trade with the U.S. and move their products through Canada and Mexico into the U.S.

The issue of Canada and Mexico making trade agreements with other nations (especially China), while brokering their NAFTA position with the U.S. as a strategic part of those agreements, is a serious issue that cannot adequately be resolved while the U.S. remains connected to NAFTA.

The auto-sector is much more than just complete assembled vehicles. In many ways the core trade issues: part origination, manufacturing and assembly of multiple durable goods sectors, are represented within the auto industry process.

In essence, the auto-sector is representative of much of the manufacturing exploitation by multinational corporations beyond vehicle production. China has supported this approach because they produce the components for multiple sectors (furniture, appliances etc).

So you see, if you just look at the pure economics of the options, and you remember that President Trump is constitutionally antithetical to anyone having influence over U.S. interests other than the American people inside the United States, you can clearly see there is only one-way this entire process ends.

President Trump will end NAFTA.

Withdrawal is not a matter of “if“, it is simply a matter of “when”.

The economic reality drives the “if”, the political reality drives the “when”.

POTUS Trump knows the multinational corporations and multinational banks will trigger their CoC purchased politicians in Washington DC as soon as Trump announces.  The GOPe Republicans and Corporatist Democrats will launch everything they have against him in a public relations effort to stop the exit.  There are trillions at stake.

As the tax reform benefits gain a foothold, American workers are realizing they are getting more money in their paychecks; and as the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum, that’s the backdrop for President Trump making the announcement.

Remember, when  the U.S. team leaves NAFTA, the generally accepted hit to the U.S. stock market will be around 10%. This is due to Wall Street multinational corporations being the largest benefactors of the current status.

If Wall Street multinationals lose the NAFTA loophole benefit, they will initially make less profit until they reposition their investment assets according to the new trade structure.

However, in the past year more companies have shifted capital in preparation for the possibility of NAFTA being fundamentally restructured. So the ramifications are less now than they were mid-year 2017.  In 2018 this overall NAFTA exit possibility is more ‘factored-in’ to the overall market valuation than it was in 2017.  We saw this on June 1st when the Steel and Aluminum tariffs went into effect and the stock market barely moved.

It is common sense that Wall Street having been the biggest benefactor of NAFTA, will stand to lose the most in any NAFTA restructuring.  Conversely, Main Street was the biggest loser in NAFTA, and Main Street will stand to gain the most from NAFTA restructuring which creates equity in trade opportunity.

That ‘America-First’ approach is one of the cornerstones of MAGAnomics.

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268 Responses to Trade Talks: Intentionally Obtuse Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Discusses Tariffs….

  1. TimesUp says:

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-summit-finance/g7-finance-chiefs-kick-trade-dispute-to-leaders-summit-in-quebec-idUSKCN1IY0QL?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=twitter

    The following quote is very accurate:

    “We’re concerned that these actions are actually not conducive to helping our economy, they actually are destructive, and that is consistently held across the six countries that expressed their point of view to Secretary Mnuchin,” Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said at a news conference after the meeting ended in the Canadian mountain resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

    Yup, you got it Mr. Morneau. They are not intended to help YOUR economies. They are intended to help the AMERICAN economy.

    What is striking is how the Finance Ministers from all of the G7 except the U.S. expressed this point of view. In other words, all of them have been leeching off the U.S. economy at the expense of average Americans for decades and now that the rules are being reset to level the playing field they are upset and dismayed.

    My heart bleeds.

    Liked by 17 people

    • nuthinmuffin says:

      they’re all grifters…

      Liked by 4 people

    • john edward lorenz says:

      They all know this restructuring towards parity is going to cost them $$ their socialist states need (except of course for the military)

      Liked by 1 person

    • 4gypsybreeze says:

      Not just our economy-but our National Security. I found many WWII posters regarding the Scrap Metal drives during WWII, and posted the images on my Facebook page. I believe that if people see those posters, they may begin to understand how steel and aluminum ARE a – National Security Issue!

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      • 4gypsybreeze says:

        We need more steel and aluminum factories in the United States. WWI and WWII showed us the importance of metals. Back then, we had the factories, just not enough steel. We had to have scrap metal drives. Look at us now. We don’t have the factories…and getting steel imported..(yikes)
        ..definitely a National Security issue for us. Sorry that I do not know how to links pics of the posters from WWI and WW2..to CTH.

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        • Perot Conservative says:

          And we need to be able to make many of the critical components.

          What’s nect, airplanes? Huge business for us. My understanding is China is asking us for technical schematics when we sell them planes. Ah, no!

          No, no, no! Go pound sand!

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  2. Rose says:

    I’m Canadian, and I support Trump on this issue. For a product to be marked made in Canada a mere 30 percent of the product must be made here. So if China ships in cheap polluted shrimp all a supplier must do is ensure the packaging contain 30 percent made in Canada materials. We have no idea where the food comes from, the same with many products labelled made in Canada. It’s not fair to Canadians or Americans that China can sell their wares here with a made in Canada label.

    Liked by 21 people

    • billrla says:

      Rose: Canadian shrimp? That’s like Lousiana maple syrup.

      Liked by 9 people

      • Rose says:

        I know, and the scary thing is that some of the products labelled made in Canada like baby food and dog food have killed people. We have no idea what we’re eating or where it came from.

        Liked by 7 people

      • old45model says:

        Rose & billrla: Here in Oz, I check all frozen vegetables – as well as most other items on the weekly shopping list – for place of origin. I do not purchase any foodstuffs that are found to come from China. However, I do still purchase Chinese manufactured items where there is no Aussie manufacturer – and often the quality is as good as anything European (probably because the factory is making the ‘European’ products).
        What you, as a consumer, have to be aware of is that many items that are actually manufactured in China may well bear Japanese, European, American or Australian manufacturing imprints – it is how those companies increase their profits.
        In the past I actually purchased parts that were manufactured in U.S.A. then shipped to Japan and sold as Japanese manufactured parts – go figure!

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      • Kris says:

        Shrimp from China says made in Canada? There are Chinese scallops, and they are terrible!!!

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  3. Pam says:

    Don’t you just love to hear the globalists whine? In this country, we care about our steel and manufacturing jobs.

    Deal with it Justin!

    Liked by 8 people

  4. Wow. She is insufferable. She did not make one valid point why this is bad for anyone. Other than blah..blah..blah. And she thinks she is going to scare our POTUS with that liberal drivel. Sad.

    Liked by 10 people

  5. scott467 says:

    “Despite this shamefully obtuse argument the majority of Canadians and the vast majority of Americans can see right through this nonsense. Trudeau and Freeland should be ashamed (but they won’t be), watch:”

    ________________

    These are bad people.

    Infinitely worse than common street thugs. People like Freeland and Trudeau victimize MILLIONS. All with an arrogant smirk.

    It takes a truly EVIL person to do that.

    And we ought to call it by its name.

    Liked by 15 people

    • JC says:

      👍🏻

      Liked by 2 people

    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      They’re the “corporate” face of MS-13…

      Liked by 8 people

    • Doug Amos says:

      You are correct. The smugness is vomit inducing. Frozen packaged food in Canada is almost 100% Chinese, yet clever packaging and obscure verbiage make that impossible to discern. The province of Ontario, the most indebted political entity in the world, is on then verge of an election where the conservative candidate, thanks to the media, is being identified as a Trump surrogate. His opposition has now amalgamated; the media drools with anticipation and the largest trading bloc within Canada teeters on extinction as the only logical voice in the most important election in the history of the country gets shouted down by liars, fools and an unaccountable media.

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  6. fred5678 says:

    Ms. Freeland is too busy stamping “Packaged in Canada” on their imported Chinese steel before using the NAFTA backdoor to ship it across our border.

    Canada and Mexico steel tariffs in two simple pictures:

    Canada is number 17 in steel production, while number 2 in steel imports to America.

    Where does all this “Canadian steel” come from??? The same place all those “Mexican car parts” come from.

    https://www.expometals.net/10/1000/613/209970/ImageStreamHandler.ashx

    http://www.datamyne.com/multisite/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2016/11/US-CORE-steel-import-volumes-in-short-tons-Quarters-1-3-2015-vs-2016.jpg?x30163

    My message to Ms. Freeland: “Take a hike, you slimeball. Nasty letter to follow.”

    Liked by 8 people

    • scott467 says:

      “My message to Ms. Freeland: “Take a hike, you slimeball. Nasty letter to follow.””

      __________________

      Her kind don’t take messages, they need to be publicly whipped and flogged and driven out.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Paco Loco says:

      Too bad that the CNN talking head didn’t have the fore knowledge to ask where in Canada are steel and aluminum produced. The answer would be the Port of Vancouver where COSCO containers are off loaded from China.

      Liked by 4 people

  7. scott467 says:

    “POTUS Trump was elected specifically because he doesn’t apply a political prism in front of economic or national security decisions.”

    ______________________

    It’s not even ‘political’, it’s just criminal.

    These people are criminals.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Juvenal says:

    In the near term, any hit to Wall Street will affect my 401K. For me, that’s the scary part of Trump’s strategy, even though I agree with it. We all must buckle up and get ready for a rocky ride.

    Liked by 1 person

    • MB224 says:

      Whatever loss will be recouped in the coming months and years. But I think the market has already or is in the process of factoring in a NAFTA withdrawal, especially with the commie about to takeover in MX.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bill says:

      Bear in mind, suppressed wage for both you and all Americans has also had a negative effect on your 401K investment.

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  9. scott467 says:

    “The essential problem with NAFTA was an evolution over time. ”

    _____________________

    I was young then, but didn’t Ross Perot call it before it was even enacted?

    Something about that ‘giant sucking sound’ you hear is all the American jobs going to Mexico?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Phillie_fan62 says:

      You’re quite correct, and he was laughed at and mocked. I voted my conscience and voted for him. Oh well.

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  10. scott467 says:

    ” Through a process of building, assembling or manufacturing their products in Mexico/Canada those foreign corporations can skirt U.S. trade tariffs and direct U.S. trade agreements.”

    _____________________

    Only because our wholly criminal and corrupt political-class LET them.

    We can have all the laws in the world (we probably do), but the law means nothing if it is not enforced or if it is ‘selectively’ enforced — either way, that’s just lawlessness.

    And that is our political-class.

    Lawless and treasonous.

    Now is the time to take them ALL down.

    I hope DJT does it soon.

    They are so ripe and fat with crime and treason they can barely roll out of bed to relieve themselves.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. scott467 says:

    “Unfortunately, the U.S. CoC, funded by massive multinational corporations, is spending hundreds of millions on lobbying congress to keep the NAFTA loophole open.”

    ____________________

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce should be declared an enemy of America and a financial terrorist group.

    If there is any reason why they shouldn’t be, what is it?

    Liked by 3 people

    • MB224 says:

      Financial and economic TREASON. It’s time to make laws for exactly this.

      Liked by 2 people

      • G. Combs says:

        “….It’s time to make laws for exactly this.”

        With a Congress and a MEDIA BY the Corporations and For the Corporations it ain’t gonna happen.

        Especially after the Supreme court ruled ‘corporations are people too’ and changed campaign finance laws allowing UNLIMITED spending BY Corporations via PACs.

        Our biggest problem has been a Supreme Court that has REWRITTEN the Constitution over the last hundred years so it no longer resembles the original document.

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    • Jedi9 says:

      I totally agree! 100X!

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  12. Legacy Driver says:

    And yet Mark Levin the super genius doesn’t see the backdoor loophole.

    – Big Jake (still wordpress banned?)

    Liked by 1 person

  13. scott467 says:

    “Unfortunately, the U.S. CoC, funded by massive multinational corporations, is spending hundreds of millions on lobbying congress to keep the NAFTA loophole open.”

    _________________

    Which is in direct opposition to America and the American People. It is openly HOSTILE and anti-American, which makes Traitor Donohue and the CoC a subversive organization whose objective is to undermine our financial stability, which in turn undermines our national security.

    Donohue and the leadership of the CoC should be arrested for subversion and Treason.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. scott467 says:

    “The U.S. has to look upstream, deep into the trade agreements made by Mexico and Canada with third-parties, because it is possible for other nations to skirt direct trade with the U.S. and move their products through Canada and Mexico into the U.S.”

    ____________________

    So you make it clear to all nations that any nation caught cheating with aid of Mexico or Canadia is cut off from the American market completely for a year.

    If they get caught again, they are cut off for five years.

    Not only will nobody try to cheat, the multinational corporations and foreign countries will police each other, ratting each other out to eliminate competition.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. scott467 says:

    “POTUS Trump knows the multinational corporations and multinational banks will trigger their CoC purchased politicians in Washington DC as soon as Trump announces. The GOPe Republicans and Corporatist Democrats will launch everything they have against him in a public relations effort to stop the exit. There are trillions at stake.”

    _____________________

    It’s stupid.

    Why would anybody care — either DJT or the American People — if a bunch of corrupt, lying, treasonous politicians run to the corrupt, lying treasonous media and squeal like stuck pigs?

    Let them.

    DJT should do as he did during the debates, speak directly to the American People and tell the American People that those who are squealing the loudest are the most corrupt, those who have been paid the most by people like Little Tommy Donohue and the foreign corporations.

    DJT can handle this Public Relations scenario in his sleep. He can set a trap for them, let them walk right into it, and then snap it shut like a bear trap.

    All Trump has ever needed to do is to simply speak the truth, to expose the bad actors in our government and in the media and in the CoC.

    DJT is on the side of truth.

    They are on the side of deception.

    DJT can stand in the bright light of day.

    They cannot.

    So drag them out into the bright light of day.

    I want to see them spontaneously combust in the light, like the vampires they are.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. TatonkaWoman says:

    For too long, much too long, America has been the ‘host’ to a world of parasites. They have eaten on us from the outside and eaten on us from the inside. They have sucked the blood from the veins of our youth and spit it out on their battlefields around the world. Somehow they have felt entitled. Somehow felt that we were here only to provide for their existence until they had eaten the last bit of flesh off our bones.

    Our leaders have been, at best naive, at worst complicit in it all. Until Donald J. Trump willingly stepped forward, they were so very close to their goal of our destruction. We, the people, need to understand and be prepared for the negative impacts that may come – short or long term – from the process of removing the parasites and healing ourselves.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. pnj01 says:

    If Freeland and Trudeau don’t understand why we need steel in our industrial base for National Security reasons, it’s probably because Justin chose to minor in Dance and Studio 54 rather than in Military History. The Japanese managed to destroy our battleships by a sneak attack at the start of WWII. We then had just 7 carriers in the world, 4 in the Atlantic and three in the Pacific. In the first year of the war, we lost 4 of our seven carriers and replaced none of them.

    The US did, though, have two whole new carrier classes (the CVA Essex Class and the CVL Independence Class) that had started building and by the time they finished building in 1946 or so, we had an additional 24 Essex class and 11 Independence Class Light Carriers as well as probably another 50 “escort carriers” (smaller carriers) that we managed to pump out of America’s steel factories and naval shipyards. The Japanese started out with an advantage in carrier hulls, but we destroyed as many of their carriers in the first year as we lost and the Nipponese had no way of building their way out of their losses as we had.

    So, by 1944 and 1945 when our carrier fleets came into the Pacific theater, the US totally swamped the Imperial Japanese Navy. No carriers were lost on either side in 1943, but in 1944, we “murderized” them in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June 1944 which was so one-sided that it has come to be known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.” We beat up much of what was left of their carrier fleet in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in Nov. 1944. After that, the Japanese Imperial Navy was in such parlous shape that it started training suicide flyers because all of its trained naval aviation crews had gotten chewed up by the US Navy. Thus was born the very unsuccessful Kamikaze Campaign. By the End of he War, US carriers sailed up and down the Japanese coast almost with impunity, pummeling the Japanese Economy into the Stone Age.

    Now did Justin’s Canadian Economy do much to help in that? Clearly, teh Canadians did contribute real aid in teh land war in Europe, but what did their industrial base do regarding capital ships? The Canadian Navy produced no battleships, no fleet carriers and just two escort carriers in WWII. Ironically, the two Canadian escort carriers were built in the good ol’ USA. That is the difference between a National Security conscious nation and Justin’s.

    GO POTUS!

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    • However, I believe the Canadians offered to knit multicolored socks for our entire carrier fleet.

      Liked by 2 people

      • pnj01 says:

        I don’t want to be too disparaging about the Canadians in WWII. Even though they represented only about 1/10 of the US Population, they provided a real contribution in the ETO and in particular in both the Normandy Campaign and the War in the Atlantic (the Canadians did not produce much in the way of capital ships, but they did build and crew a lot of escort ships for the Atlantic Convoys). My overall point was that a country needs to produce steel if it is going to win modern wars. Now, silicon too! So, if Justin from Canada doesn’t understand that that is a National Security issue, he should shut up and start reading some Military History.

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    • Normally Quiet Observer says:

      ONE QUESTION FOR CANADIANS – If the US gets into a war with another major power like China or Russia … CAN Canada or Mexico produce enough steel and aluminum FAST ENOUGH to BUILD what pnj01 has so eloquently mentioned that America built in the Second World War? Or the thousands of Jeeps, planes, trucks, the other anciliary ships we built, and the LST’s used to get them all to Europe and Asia? ANSWER: No they cannot, they simply do NOT have the capacity to do so. Nor does Mexico. Sadly, right now, we cannot do it either. Therefore, the US must be sure we CAN do it, in the USA, by ourselves. President Trump is changing that, using tariffs to get US manufacturers of bulk raw material up and running again. At a profit, instead of competing with government subsidized products, often substandard, from overseas – mainly from China. HINT: THAT is why it is called “for National Security Reasons”.

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    • 4gypsybreeze says:

      I just left comment above. Also, the Metal Scrap drives posters and pictures from WWI and WWII should give everyone another angle to look at this regarding the trade war. Seems that many have forgotten. And now, we have so few steel factories, which makes it even more dire. History IS important. Metals ARE a National Security issue.

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  18. President Trump may be pondering whether to drastically simplify the NAFTA termination decisions for Canada and Mexico, considering the near-impossible complexity of tracing and managing ANY continued imports of automotive and motorized equipment products – given the sophisticated schemes involved in multi-country production value chains:

    “The auto-sector is much more than just complete assembled vehicles. In many ways the core trade issues: part origination, manufacturing and assembly of multiple durable goods sectors, are represented within the auto industry process.”

    1. Why not REMOVE the Auto Industry issues from NAFTA altogether with 100% Tariffs (or rapidly-declining quotas) on any automotive or motorized equipment imports from countries without Bilateral Trade Deals.

    2. Then CONDITION Bilateral Trade Deals on REPARATIONS to recover America’s Cumulative Unemployment and Welfare costs of job losses from back-door cheating and predatory subsidies.

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  19. Horsesoldier says:

    Condescending we much?

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  20. TheLastDemocrat says:

    My guess: this media tour is the brainchild of CoC, not Canadian government.

    I bet if you looked at who is booking the tour…

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  21. Hillyard says:

    Canada and Mexico have long exploited their relationship with the US in areas other than trade. Take American dollars out of Mexico and the place falls into a bigger pit. Take the loop holes out of NAFTA by terminating it and both Canada will have to compete on a more even footing. Set Canada and Mexico off by themselves and they’d be Chinese or Russian satellite country’s

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  22. littleanniesfannie says:

    The play button on her face makes her look like the clown she is!!

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  23. Normally Quiet Observer says:

    Tis IDIOT has NO CLUE, about world government, or Trade! She should not even open her mouth about National Security, because she just doesn’t get it! Never will!
    Probably hired because: 1) Female 2) Decent looking 3) Diehard liberal 4) Promised to tout the party line for Sparkly socks

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  24. GweninKC says:

    Sundance – thank you for you clear reporting on this and so many other issues. I’ve given up on cable news and haven’t turned Fox on for months. CTH is my trusted source for news.

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  25. davidsstones says:

    Finance Minister Freeland behaving like a schoolgirl; pretentious, eyes stretched open, ticker tapes traveling across them “how dare you!…I hate you….how dare you!…I hate you….” while just below the “if looks could kill” flashing eyes, an equally wide stretched smile; dramatically conflicting signals; it appears she split.
    All Trump did was repeat his terms over 6 months. He had nothing left to give! It was Canada gets far less or they get nothing. Winner take all. Freeland refused to give us anything or apologize or own their abuse. So Trump did nothing as well. It was Canada’s turn to give, Freeland’s pride stopped that, I bet there’s foot stomping and vases being thrown up North. Hell hath no fury like a woman spurned… in front of the world.
    You don’t manipulate friends and neighbors, you play by the written rules and admit guilt. She made Trump’s day. Mexico is watching. My bet is they’ll repeat Canada’s failures. Ego’s are funky baggage and foot stomping is funny to Americans. I never knew winning could be this easy.

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  26. Mickturn says:

    Canada and Mexico have been ABUSING NAFTA since it’s inception. They both are nothing but brokers for Chinese goods. The intent of NAFTA was for access to the US Market by ‘Organic’ goods made in both countries. Since they have changed into middlemen, it is time to CUT THEM OFF!

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