Canada’s Chrystia Freeland “Very Keen” on Re-entering NAFTA Negotiations She Is Not Invited To…

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and a delegation of out-going and in-coming Mexican trade officials have been conducting intensive NAFTA negotiation talks for the past several weeks.  The out-going Mexican officials, led by Ildefonso Guajardo, are optimistic terms of agreement can be reached with the U.S; the incoming Mexican officials led by AMLO’s Jesus Seade, not so much.

The key issue is still the NAFTA fatal flaw that allows both Canada and Mexico to exploit their access to the U.S. market as brokers for imported Asian parts, assembled in Mexico/Canada, and the finished goods shipped into the U.S.  That structural issue remains unresolved; hence the impasse.

Meanwhile, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland wants to reenter the trade discussion after being shut out since the beginning of May.

(Reuters) – Canada is “very keen” on concluding negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday, amid signs of progress after months of delays.

Talks to modernize the 1994 trade pact started in August 2017 but have dragged on much longer than expected as Canada and Mexico pushed back against far-reaching U.S. demands for reform. President Donald Trump has said he will walk away from NAFTA unless major changes are made.

In a renewed push, Mexican and U.S. cabinet ministers held a series of meetings in Washington over the past week in a bid to work out their differences. One Mexican official expressed optimism that some kind of agreement could be reached by the end of the month.

“I and Canada are very, very keen to get it done as quickly as possible,” Freeland told reporters on a conference call. She did not answer directly when asked whether the end of August was a realistic deadline.

Mexican and U.S. officials are due to meet again next week to work on contentious issues such as wages and rules governing how much North American produced content an automobile must contain to qualify for duty-free status.

Freeland said she was ready to join the talks at any time but did not give details. Canadian officials dismiss speculation that she is being sidelined.  (read more)

Ever since the end of Round #6 (January 2018) USTR Robert Lighthizer has not cared for the Canadian team, and who can blame him.  Princess Rainbow Sparkles Chrystia Freeland has demanded the addition of trans-gender native equity rights, climate issues and the ability to exploit access to the U.S. markets in all Canadian bi-lateral trade constructs.

Previously Lighthizer responded:

“Free trade agreements are essentially grants of preferential treatment to other countries in exchange for an approximately equal grant of preferential treatment in their economy. Thus, it is reasonable from time to time to assess whether the bargain has turned out to be equitable.”

[…] “I would like to comment on two proposals by the Canadians, one of which has been in the press quite a bit, and that is a presumed compromise on rules of origin.

We find that the automobile rules of origin idea that was presented, when analyzed, may actually lead to less regional content than we have now and fewer jobs in the United States, Canada, and likely Mexico. So this is the opposite of what we are trying to do.

In another proposal, Canada reserved the right to treat the United States and Mexico even worse than other countries if they enter into future agreements. Those other countries may, in fact, even include China, if there is an agreement between China and [Canada].

This proposal, I think if the United States had made it, would be dubbed a “poison pill.” We did not make it, though. Obviously, this is unacceptable to us, and my guess is it is to the Mexican side also.

Finally, I would like to refer, because I think it fits into this context to an unprecedented trade action that Canada brought against the United States very recently. It constitutes a massive attack on all of our trade laws. If it were successful, it would lead to more Chinese imports into the United States and likely fewer Canadian goods being sold in our market.

Now we understand that countries often challenge specific actions taken by another country in the context of trade laws. This is normal and what we expect. But this litigation essentially claims that 24 years ago, the United States effectively gave away its entire trade regime in the Uruguay Round. Of course, we view this case as frivolous, but it does make one wonder if all parties are truly committed to mutually beneficial trade. It also underscores why so many of us are concerned about binding dispute arbitration. What sovereign nation would trust to arbitrators or the flip of a coin their entire defense against unfair trade?  (more from the end of round #6)

 

 

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345 Responses to Canada’s Chrystia Freeland “Very Keen” on Re-entering NAFTA Negotiations She Is Not Invited To…

  1. sundance says:

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    • railer says:

      That’s too bad. I agree with pressuring the Saudis on this sorta stuff, but the problem for Canada is that everybody is recognizing Trudeau’s government is growing weaker by the day, and you can always slap down a weak government with impunity, especially when they’re making virtue signaling overtures like this.

      Give thanks Trump is smart enough to understand that you push when you’re in a strong position, as he is now. He was even making strong statements to the Saudis when he first got into office, although little of it made it into the media, as it should be. But it’s quite clear Trump’s remaking our relationship with the Saudis, as he should. It’s been a complete mess for many years.

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      • Vince says:

        There is a time and a place for everything. President Trump went to Saudi Arabi, was very warmly welcomed, and did not lecture them to become more like us, which some here in the US objected to. Yet shortly after the president left, women were allowed to drive, and a deal was made with the Pope to allow churches to be built in the kingdom.

        Did the president nudge the Crown Prince? Possibly, but he certainly didn’t virtual signal and embarrass him in his own country.

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        • railer says:

          Yes, you should never embarrass people via diplomacy, if you can help it. You’ll only piss off those you’re trying to persuade, which should only be a last resort after negotiations are flagging and you are about to move in another direction and you need to signal that to the other side.

          Trump has confronted others publicly, no doubt, but he nails people who lie or fail to live up to the letter/spirit of previous diplomatic agreements, NATO in particular. They basically ignored his 18 months of private diplomacy challenging their failure to comply with the NATO agreements, so he was forced to go public with their failures, and you can bet there were private threats made to move in another direction should they fail to heed his public challenge.

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        • Bendix says:

          Don’t forget the soft diplomacy of our astoundingly beautiful First Lady, stunning them, in her “elegantly respectful” Stella McCartney jumpsuit.

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        • Suzanne says:

          Think back to the video if Wilburine and the sword dancing. I can only speak for myself but in my lifetime it was the only time I can remember seeing Saudis smiling and laughing
          Trump 2020

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          • Critical Mass says:

            I loved that video. It’s interesting that the Saudis are comfortable with public displays of music, singing and dancing, albeit of the ceremonial and traditional Arabic kind. Of course, they have every right to take pride in their culture and to protect and preserve it against Western influence. Their music is all the better for it, and the oud is a wonderful instrument. Traditional Arabic music is melodically very sophisticated and is based on quarter tones and intricate modal systems. That is why it sounds exotic and strange to Western ears, but it has its own intrinsic beauty.

            Other Islamic countries are intolerant, puritanical and repressive with regards to music and are rigid in enforcing its prohibition. How can you force people to live a life without music? It’s probably why so many people from those countries are maniacs. Music is a wonderful gift of humanity.

            Perhaps the Saudis are relatively more enlightened in this regard because the strength of the monarchy is able to check the totalitarianism of the mullahs and ayatollahs.

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        • scott467 says:

          “and a deal was made with the Pope to allow churches to be built in the kingdom.”

          _________________

          Why would anybody go to the trouble to build ‘churches’ in Saudi Arabia, or any other islamic country?

          Not enough experience yet in having them burned to the ground or taken by force and converted into mosques?

          islamo-nazi: ‘Sure, build a great cathedral, that would be awesome. We’ll wait until you’re finished, and then put a crescent moon over it, and cut all your heads off.’

          It’s as if some people have an allergy to learning from experience.

          You don’t need to spend tens of millions of dollars to erect buildings to be taken over by the enemy.

          It’s not about buildings.

          What you need is the freedom to practice Christianity. You can meet for teaching and fellowship and worship in a house, as the Scriptures refer to on several occasions:

          …………………………..
          “Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.” (Romans 16:5, KJV)

          “The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.” (1 Corinthians 16:9)

          “Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.” (Colossians 4:15)

          “And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:” (Philemon 1:2)
          …………………………..

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          • Lindenlee says:

            Exactly! And this is a brazen move by the Pope. Most ME Christians attend an Orthodox church, although primitive, simple fellowship of Believers on the early church model is the most authentic and biblical, as you described.

            The Pope is still fighting for dominance over the Schism, while real Christians just hope to survive. What a tacky move on his part.

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        • 6x47 says:

          Such a dynamic was featured in the Jodie Foster remake of “The King and I”, “Anna and the King”.

          The king was going to be merciful and lenient and grant a royal pardon to condemned prisoners, but then Jodie Foster’s character (unaware of the king’s intentions) embarrassed him with a public outburst condemning his as a cruel tyrant of a barbaric kingdom for the inhumane death sentence.

          The king was furious, and privately tells her that he agreed completely that the sentence was cruel, inhumane, and unjust but now that she had publicly shamed him there was no way for him to pardon the prisoners without losing face. And so the executions were carried out, because the proper British lady couldn’t keep her trap shut.

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          • scott467 says:

            “The king was furious, and privately tells her that he agreed completely that the sentence was cruel, inhumane, and unjust but now that she had publicly shamed him there was no way for him to pardon the prisoners without losing face. And so the executions were carried out, because the proper British lady couldn’t keep her trap shut.”

            __________________

            It is an interesting dynamic, but not one which I find easy to believe.

            A clever king (and if anyone is clever, it better be the king) could and would find a way to turn the tables, to show Jodie Foster’s character the error of her way, and spare the prisoners, making himself appear magnanimous in the process.

            After all, Solomon didn’t split the baby, he just made them think he would, in order to determine who was the real mother.

            It is for similar reasoning (i.e., a clever king can get himself out the box someone else puts him in) that Herod could have spared John the Baptist and found a way to ‘save face’ at the same time.

            Jesus was able to put the best of the Pharisees to shame and utter speechlessness in answer to their attempts to entrap him with words, time after time.

            Surely Herod, with all of his advisors, could outwit a little girl who asked for John’s head on a platter, at the behest of the girl’s mother, Herodias.

            From what the text records, it doesn’t seem like Herod tried very hard.

            Likewise Pilate, who tried to spare Jesus several times, but the people would not hear it (or have it). Pilate was the Prefect of Judea, not a king, but he was in charge. The people tried to say that if Pilate let Jesus go, then Pilate was no friend of Caesar (cf. John, 19:12).

            Pilate buckled, gave in to the demands of the mob, though he knew Jesus was innocent and found no fault in Him. Pilate didn’t have to give in to the demands of the crowd; he was in charge, not they.

            But the Scripture would be (and was) fulfilled.

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            • 6x47 says:

              The point being, big mouth self-righteous do-gooders can be counterproductive with their outbursts.

              Burnishing their SJW bona fides didn’t help Saudi Arabian trannies at all. I don’t think their situation could get any worse, but the Canuckistan bloviating didn’t help.

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              • scott467 says:

                “The point being, big mouth self-righteous do-gooders can be counterproductive with their outbursts.”

                _______________

                Yes, very much so, I understand and agree 🙂

                My point was that each of the kings (the one you mentioned, Solomon, Herod, and the governor Pilate) were presented with a dilemma.

                The wisdom of Solomon is something which the others might have tried harder to emulate.

                The king you referenced, as well as Herod and Pilate, were more concerned about their ‘face’, i.e., their own reputations, than justice.

                A better leader would have salvaged both, rather than sacrificing one for the other and, in the process, losing both.

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              • scott467 says:

                “Burnishing their SJW bona fides didn’t help Saudi Arabian trannies at all. I don’t think their situation could get any worse, but the Canuckistan bloviating didn’t help.”

                __________________

                Yep.

                Symbolic self-immolation — or in this case, the practical immolation of others — is becoming the calling card of the crazy Left.

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      • Cooper45 says:

        railer:
        You are 100% correct that the Canadian statement was pure liberal virtue signalling and they knew it would not change anything in the K.S.A. but it would score points with some in Canada.
        Now Canada has no diplomatic communication channels at all with the KSA including helping any Canadians that might be in the country.

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        • Some Old Guy says:

          What exactly did the Canadians say to the KSA?

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          • Some Old Guy says:

            Sorry just read the next comment.

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          • Orville R. Bacher says:

            Trudeau is boy, a spoiled child from an arrogant father and a vacant mother. He has high expectations of others but none of himself. He can fondle a female reporter’s private parts and “not remember” while condemning others for the same action, without evidence.
            He must watch too much Canadian Media, “Trudeau the Magnificent, Trump the Bad.”
            While foolishly believing Mexico was his friend and would stand firm with him on NAFTA, he has just been played as a chump. Deservedly so.

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        • Critical Mass says:

          With the 100% on that also. Just read an article on it which seems bona fide and accurate:
          https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/saudi-expels-canadian-envoy-recalls-its-own-over-interference-10592038

          Would you believe some idiot “human rights activists” are protesting the Saudis about their treatment of a gender activist? The Canadian government must be a bunch of total morons and hypocrites. Meanwhile, the Canadians are penalizing anyone who won’t use cockamamie gender neutral pronouns like “zhe”.

          I’m with the Saudis on this one.

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          • Robert Smith says:

            wtf is zhe?

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            • Critical Mass says:

              Exactly, Robert Smith. It is the latest leftist cockamamie attempt at cultural engineering. “Zhe” is meant to replace “he” or “she” because these gender-specific pronouns are AWFFENSIV to transgenders.

              Just google “zhe Jordan Peterson” in case you think I am making this up.

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          • donna kovacevic says:

            While Justine and Freeland are in BC attending the gay pride parade. Heavy negotiations going on there!

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            • Orville R. Bacher says:

              In the interests of promoting the Paris Climate Accord, Trudeau nationalized the West Coast pipeline to ship more oil to China. Lots of problems brewing in Canaduh.

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    • Cooper45 says:

      The contentious issue appears to be this statement from Rainbow socks or his rep
      ” Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.”

      The supercilious Liberals always have to portray themselves to their voters and to the world as superior to every other country whether it is the USA with Trump or Saudi Arabia. This superior and arrogant attitude will not end well for Canada.

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      • White Apple says:

        It is very easy to understand. Just think how it feels when you are trying to dialog with a libtard. Why would anyone else not feel the same as you?

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      • Critical Mass says:

        And they are hypocritical. Meanwhile in Canada they are penalizing anyone who refuses to go along with their insistence that everyone has to use cockamamie gender neutral pronouns such as “zhe”.

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      • Orville R. Bacher says:

        How’s that armored vehicle order going that Canada is building for the Saudis so they can kill people, including their own Shia’s ? Trudeau is selling weapons to the Saudis on one hand and lecturing them on the other. Con artist extraordinaire.

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      • yucki says:

        We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them…
        Split infinitive – that really hurt!

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    • Alonzo says:

      This could get interesting.

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    • Cooper45 says:

      The Canadian Foreign Ministry tweet was made on Aug 3rd and there is no response yet to the Saudi’s expulsion of the ambassador etc. only several tweets about LGBTQ marches in perfect virtuous, Canada on their site and other prolific virtue signals of moral superiority to the “inferior and barbaric” peoples of the world.

      I’ m not defending the KSA or condemning the rainbow marches. But the Liberal Gov’ts craving to prove their moral and ethical superiority every minute of every waking day to the world is becoming intolerable and embarrassing.

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      • Critical Mass says:

        I’m with the Saudis on this one.

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        • boogywstew says:

          You keep saying it and I keep loving it!

          Liked by 2 people

          • Critical Mass says:

            Thanks, boogywstew. I’m not one for repeating myself, but one thing I’ve learnt about leftist nonsense, is that you have to stick to your guns, even if it means saying the same thing over and over.

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        • Jenny R. says:

          So am I.
          I’ve also got a feeling that this might have been a bit more about than a bunch of Canadian virtue signaling given the nature of the response — think uranium, think Iran.
          I think the Saudis might have either gotten more intel about what was in store for them or they’ve decided now was a good time to use it.
          Canada has been a dirty rotten scumbag of a country for some time now.

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          • Critical Mass says:

            You could be right, Jenny R. I’m sure that many of us thought the same thing. Why all of a sudden would a country like Canada provoke the Saudis, if it was not for the nefarious purpose of destabilizing Saudi Arabia at the behest of another regional power hostile to the Saudis?

            Unless it was just simply that the Saudis were horrified at the thought that Trudoll might dress up in Arab garb, do a sword dance, make a video of it and post it on YouTube, just like he pulled that Bollywood stunt.

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          • Paul from Canuckistan says:

            Harsh…
            Hard too argue against when the Libranos run things

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            • Jenny R. says:

              Sorry (to steal a phrase from you) but when your country has apparently been actively undermining mine (as well as helping out every bad actor on the planet) then I will call you a scumbag country (don’t worry, you aren’t alone).

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      • Dennis Leonard says:

        Then why do you feel compelled to say this,”I’ m not defending the KSA or condemning the rainbow marches”

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      • Paul from Canuckistan says:

        Embarrassing since Day One

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    • boutis says:

      Being embarrassed by being excluded from trade talks because of her intransigence and ignorance, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland goes after Saudi Arabia over human rights to divert attention from her own abject failure in the trade talks. And it blew up in her face. Canada isn’t “important” enough to pull off this virtue signalling. SA saw right through her.

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    • iwasthere says:

      So what did he or she do to get the PNG?

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    • Rhoda R says:

      What did the Canadians DO?! That is kind of an extreme act against another nation but I can’t see anywhere that describe what the Canadians actually did to bring that kind of wrath down upon them.

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  2. railer says:

    I’m thinking the automakers are even now negotiating with Trump over both Mexico and Canada, as it’s they who have to do the bulk of manufacturing importing/exporting in all directions. Trudeau is going to have to just accept a cramdown of whatever is negotiated with those automakers. A pity he’s too childish to participate in that negotiation with the rest of the adults.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Your right!

      I continue to go back to this article and the point that was made in it!

      We have already won with NAFTA. Leaving it hanging on the vine allows Canada 🇨🇦 and Mexico 🇲🇽 to sell the fact negotiations are still taking place while Multinational Corporations struggle with the reality of uncertainty.

      Eventually those same multinationals will cash in their chips and move everything back into the USA 🇺🇸. PDJT rightfully stated so at his rally in Ohio yesterday. He said that placing a 20% tariff on cars, trucks and parts will guarantee corporations racing back into the USA 🇺🇸 to either expand and/or build new factories. That is the reality and there is nothing anyone on the Left, MSM, CoC, Democrats,, Koch Brothers, RINOs etc. can say or do too change it!

      He was also ABSOLUTELY right by pointing out what it would mean for our GDP!

      https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1I80BK?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A%2BTrending%2BContent&utm_content=5af07f2204d30118fea2d7c8&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter&__twitter_impression=true

      From the article linked above:

      Guajardo earlier told El Heraldo newspaper that if a deal could not be reached, “we would be operating what some analysts have called ‘Zombie NAFTA’ … (one) that isn’t dead and isn’t modernized”.

      THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL PIECE IN THE ARTICLE!

      Business executives complain that uncertainty over the future of the 1994 agreement is hurting investment.

      It is unclear where the United States might give ground to win a quick deal. The Trump administration has embraced confrontational policies in its dealings on trade.

      PDJT and his Killers understand that uncertainty will ultimately kill NAFTA over a period of a few years.

      He is playing the game to perfection!

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      • Ausonius says:

        I will repeat: Free trade becomes slave trade unless it is fair trade. Unfair trade leads to the side at a disadvantage becoming the slave of the one with the upper hand.

        America has been quasi-enslaved by NAFTA and other agreements which sent our jobs out of the country. Great Britain free-traded itself into mediocrity during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and America in the last 30 years was on the same road.

        Make America Mediocre All-over* was their motto, and to infantilize the population in preparation for dependence on Big Mama government! “Managing America’s decline” became the purpose of government, because “Making America Great Again” was a fantasy, where factories re-opened and the steel industry recovered, new factories were built, and …;)

        *(“MAMA”) 😉

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        • Orville R. Bacher says:

          “Free Trade” is a marketing ploy. With different currencies, different regulations, different wages and living standards, even quirks when things get entered at borders, the best you can get is Managed Trade.

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  3. James Street says:

    My suggestions if Canada wants to be less screwed:
    1. Apologize profusely to President Trump and the U.S. for EVERYTHING (including nonsense like Trudeau’s handshake games)
    2. Present a clear plan to:
    a. Grow up and be a real country
    b. Drop all the politically correct nonsense. “The Charlevoix G7 Summit Communique” was an embarrassment to Canada.
    c. Drop all the socialist nonsense that makes Canada dependent on the U.S.
    d. Free trade
    e. Develop Canada’s manufacturing base

    President Trump would accept sincere apologies.
    I don’t see Canada doing ANY of these things.

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  4. DeWalt says:

    Y’all need to remember it’s cold in Canada.

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  5. ForGodandCountry says:

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  6. sundance says:

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  7. Harry Lime says:

    Is she were any good at trade she would have traded in that awful purple outfit for something more appropriate a long time ago. Our neighbors to the North are in big trouble.

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    • Erp says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps she should wear something appropriate to her age, body type and position. I wouldn’t trust anyone who looks like that to negotiate for me, but I think it’s great for Canadians.

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  8. litlbit2 says:

    I believe it will be quite extrodinary the reaction of the populace in these countries their leaders living a lavish lifestyle did not advance a sustainable grow policy for the future of there own people.
    Like China keeping the peasants making pebbles out of bigger pebbles by hand at miminal wages. Evidently thinking the goose would forever lay golden eggs.

    Now as the future of the masses in those countries loose jobs, have much idle time unrest is surely to follow. Their leaders are going to be required to spend billions to satisfy the uprising.

    So sad, self created by power and greed. Karma be a bitch.

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  9. BocephusRex says:

    This dopey bint doesn’t understand that its a private party, and chubby girls in too-tight dresses with elephant knees and proven-failure-trainwreck-economic policies aren’t invited–

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  10. EbonyRaptor says:

    So Eyebrow threatens to retaliate by jacking the cost on hockey pucks or whatever it is the US buys from Canada. Then a couple months go by and Eyebrow sees the US and Mexico working on a deal so he sends Barney out to give us the good news that they have punished us enough and are now willing to restart negotiations as long as the US agrees to some transgender and climate demands and we promise to stop making fun of Eyebrow’s socks. Ah, yeah, we’ll get right back to you on that.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      As they are crushing their future economic prospects with the US they are also Carbon Taxing themselves. Their Carbon Emission WILL plummet because all their factories will be idle.

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      • Vince says:

        Some of the first actions of President Trump were designed to keep a cap on energy prices by encouraging domestic development. This made American energy costs cheaper relative to other countries and was the first part of the strategy to bring business here. Canada has decided to compete by being more expensive but smug about it.

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    • Paul Paul says:

      Hockey pucks!

      Barney!!

      Snort!

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  11. ATheoK says:

    All one needs to read to recognize a blatant lie is:

    ” Canada is “very keen” on concluding negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible”

    The USA ain’t renewing NAFTA, ever!

    It is also obvious that prince barney clothes Chrystinia, has not paid real attention to exactly what Mexico and the USA are discussing. Crusty Chrysty is all about fakery.

    Lighthizer should send crusty prince barney clothes Chysty a coupon good for a good time some summer weekend in Venezuela. Then cancel crusty Chrysty’s return flight.

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  12. Joseph O'Donnell says:

    Let the Canadians go pound sand for the time being. Those hosers have been living off our trade imbalance for almost 30 years.

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  13. mr.piddles says:

    “[Canada’s nonsense proposals] may actually lead to […] fewer jobs in the United States, Canada, and likely Mexico. So this is the opposite of what we are trying to do.”

    Minor details and technicalities. Suck it up, Lighthizer!

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  14. nimrodman says:

    They think they’re in a movie … and Chrystia thinks she’s Ellen Barkin

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  15. scott467 says:

    “Talks to modernize the 1994 trade pact started in August 2017 but have dragged on much longer than expected as Canada and Mexico pushed back against far-reaching U.S. demands for reform.”

    _________________

    To the clowns (in America) at Reuters who wrote this, it’s like me walking by your desk everyday and taking $100 out of your wallet.

    For 30 years.

    Then one day you say I can’t do that anymore, I can’t steal $100 out of your wallet every day.

    To which I would reply “that’s a far-reaching demand”.

    How dare you suggest that I can’t steal $100 from you every day.

    Who do you think you are?

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  16. scott467 says:

    “Talks to modernize the 1994 trade pact started in August 2017 but have dragged on much longer than expected as Canada and Mexico pushed back against far-reaching U.S. demands for reform.”

    __________________

    Again, to the clowns (in America) responsible for this drivel:

    If you acknowledge that reform is needed (which you did, by using the word ‘reform’), then you acknowledge that NAFTA is corrupt.

    And if NAFTA is corrupt, then you either eliminate the corruption, or you don’t.

    You either ‘reach’ far enough to eliminate the corruption, OR you’re in favor of the corruption, you support the corruption, and you want to keep the corruption in place.

    Well which is it, Clown(s) in America?

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  17. starfcker says:

    Multinational Inc, has set up Canada the same way they set up the United States over the last 25 years. Either get a total corruptocrat in office (clinton), a retard (GWB), or an American hating Marxist with homosexual and Muslim leanings (you have to guess on that one) surround them with people much smarter and much more ruthless than them, and bleed the place dry. Trudeau and Freeland just look totally out of place now that we’ve traded up.

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  18. scott467 says:

    “In a renewed push, Mexican and U.S. cabinet ministers held a series of meetings in Washington over the past week in a bid to work out their differences. ”

    __________________

    What is this ‘renewed push’ nonsense?

    Where do people learn to speak such linguistic fraud?

    You are ROBBING us.

    You have BEEN robbing us for 30 years.

    Either stop robbing us, or NAFTA is dead.

    There’s no ‘pushing’, there’s no arm-twisting, there’s no persuading you can do.

    There is literally NOTHING you can say that would cause us to say “okay, go ahead and rob us some more”.

    Your punishment for this malicious behavior, however, will be glorious.

    It won’t be schadenfreude, i.e., ‘satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune’.

    It will be righteous vindication and justice.

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  19. truthbomb says:

    “Canada is counting on its allies in the U.S. Congress to curb Trump’s trade war — but do they have the ‘guts’?” News story in the National Post. Looks like Canada is interfering in our internal affairs as well!

    https://nationalpost.com/news/canada-is-counting-on-its-allies-in-the-u-s-congress-to-curb-trumps-trade-war-but-do-they-have-the-guts?video_autoplay=true

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  20. NoJuan Importante says:

    Can someone explain to me exactly where we are in the negotiations? Are tariffs actually in effect or just supposed to be in effect sometime? Is NAFTA still in effect in toto? Is there some advantage to Mexico and Canada stalling?

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  21. Troublemaker10 says:

    Sounds like Chrystia Freeland is a little worried about how well the US and Mexico negotiations are going (without her)..

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  22. Maquis says:

    Grape Ape Freeland Freefall.

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  23. litenmaus says:

    Let me see if I have this right…The Prime Minister of Canada is participating in a Gay Pride Parade complete with transvestites and balloons celebrating the right of an individual to flaunt their sexual proclivities. Celebrating “Canadian Values”.

    The Canadian Foreign Minister, dressed in purple to celebrate the festivities of Gay Pride wrapped herself in “Canadian Values” and told their MAJOR EXPORT partner, to bow to the call of Purple Barneys everywhere and immediately release their own citizen, charged with their own laws, because ????oh that’s right the individual is a protected species known only as ‘an activist’.

    And the very same day, Saudi Arabia says ‘keep your maple syrup, your hi-liters, your cars and your timber, your ‘Canadian Values’ and oh yeah, all your goods, we’ll find ours somewhere else.

    That right there is one awesome day!!!!

    (My apologies to the Canadian workforce who will soon be feeling the pain)

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  24. SSI01 says:

    That group of Canadian “negotiators” looks very politically-correct. They also look like they’ve been dragged out of their college frat or sorority houses. A bunch of children. And the person “leading” them is barely old enough to be their mother – maybe their older sister. How much experience in international commerce, and international law, do you think they have?

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    • scott467 says:

      “That group of Canadian “negotiators” looks very politically-correct. They also look like they’ve been dragged out of their college frat or sorority houses. A bunch of children. ”

      _______________

      It never even occurred to me that group of kids were the negotiators, lol!

      Interns at best.

      Looks like the blonde haired guy, the one with that rat’s nest thing on his head, is just getting his first whiskers, and wants to show everybody that they’re finally coming in before he starts shaving.

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    • jat says:


      these kids have more street cred.

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  25. scott467 says:

    “Mexican and U.S. officials are due to meet again next week to work on contentious issues such as wages…”

    _______________

    Wait… what?

    So private American companies will have the wages of their employees determined by international treaty?

    Oh sure… why not… what could possibly go wrong?

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  26. scott467 says:

    “Ever since the end of Round #6 (January 2018) USTR Robert Lighthizer has not cared for the Canadian team, and who can blame him.”

    ________________

    He never should have cared about the Canadian team in the first place… they certainly don’t care about ours.

    The only team Lighthizer needs to care about is ours.

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  27. scott467 says:

    “Princess Rainbow Sparkles Chrystia Freeland has demanded the addition of trans-gender native equity rights, ”

    _______________

    That dingbat couldn’t explain what “trans-gender native equity rights” are, even if her life depended on it.

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  28. scott467 says:

    “Princess Rainbow Sparkles Chrystia Freeland has demanded the addition of trans-gender native equity rights, climate issues and the ability to exploit access to the U.S. markets in all Canadian bi-lateral trade constructs.”

    _________________

    Shouldn’t even be talking with them after a stunt like that. I would refuse to meet with her again, or any member of the Canadian delegation, until she is replaced by someone credible.

    Our team has no business legitimizing or even dignifying Feeland’s insanity by responding to it.

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    • DanO64 says:

      this

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    • Paul from Canuckistan says:

      Now that one made me laugh…
      Stupid approach by stupid people
      Don’t forget the nullification of Right to Work to align with “Canadian Principles”
      Hard to keep up with all the virtue signaling
      Worst part…our media betters will support and glorify this shiite

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  29. scott467 says:

    ” What sovereign nation would trust to arbitrators or the flip of a coin their entire defense against unfair trade? ”

    _____________________

    NONE.

    It would be a direct violation of your fiduciary responsibility to our nation.

    It would be an act of Treason.

    So stop talking about it as if it’s a possibility, that $#%$ ain’t funny.

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    • G. Combs says:

      GET THE USA OUT OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION THEN!

      A Secret Tribunal decides these cases.

      Who controls WTO?

      Almost never does someone ask ‘who really controls the WTO?’ The question is of utmost importance for the future of global food security….

      On paper, WTO rules are made by a consensus of all 134 member countries. In reality, four countries, led by the United States decide all important agriculture and other trade issues. As in the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Washington exercises decisive control behind the scenes. And it does so in the interest of the private agribusiness cartel.

      The four WTO controlling countries, known as the QUAD countries, are USA, Canada, Japan and the EU. In the QUAD, in turn, the giant agri-business multinationals exercise controlling influence, most clearly in Washington.

      Under the secretive WTO rules, countries can challenge another’s laws for restricting their trade. The case is then heard by a tribunal or court of three trade bureaucrats. They are usually influential corporate lawyers.

      The lawyers have no conflict of interest rules binding them, such that a Monsanto lawyer can rule on a case of material interest to Monsanto. Incredibly, the names of the judges are kept secret! Further, there is no rule that the judges of WTO respect any national laws of any country. The three judges meet in secret without revealing the time or location. All court documents are confidential and cannot be published. It is a modern version of the Spanish Inquisition with far more power.….

      From The WTO and the Politics of GMO By F. William Engdahl, ” author of ‘A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order’ (Mit der Oelwaffe zur Weltmacht, edition Steinherz, Wiesbaden) and an independent publicist who has written extensively on GATT and EU agriculture issues since 1984.”
      http://www.publiceyeonscience.ch/resources/the_wto_and_the_politics_of_gmo.pdf

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  30. G. Combs says:

    scott467 says: “….“In 1993, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D., N.Y.) coined the phrase “defining deviancy down…..”
    ………….

    “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” …“We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it.” – Khrushchev in 1956 interview with the Sec. of Agriculture, Esra Taft Benson

    Less than a decade later the Communist Goals were entered into the 1963 Congressional Record–Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963

    Today most of those goals have been met.
    I bolded the goals aimed at destroying American Culture or as Moynihan said “defining deviancy down.” The destruction of American Culture is WHY islam is now allowed to ‘dominate’ US politics, US education and US work places today while Christianity is screamed down despite muslims only being 0.9% of the US population and Christians being 70.6%.

    (I also included other important goals that have been met.)

    Current Communist Goals EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, January 10, 1963 .

    [From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

    4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. [Like Clinton giving China access to military secrets in exchange for $$$ link]

    7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N. [Not to mention the WTO and most favored nation status by Clinton]

    12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

    14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office. [Now it is giving Red China access.]

    15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

    16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

    18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

    19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

    20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

    21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

    22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

    24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

    25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

    26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

    28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

    29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

    32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

    35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

    36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

    37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

    38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

    39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

    40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

    41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

    42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

    45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

    http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm#sthash.uBYz188R.dpuf

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    • 7delta says:

      I’ve read this list many times, but it’s good to reread it again. The Soviet Union may have fallen since it was written, then entered into Congressional Records, but the Comintern’s plans have been wildly more successful than, perhaps, even they could have hoped for. The things they could not anticipate or counter are all that will save us, and possibly the world, from their Western Classes of Indoctrinated Useful Idiots.

      Barack Obama, and his leftist brood, were possibly their worst mistake, despite his “accomplishments.” I recall hearing one of his mouthpieces say they had institutionalized his changes in a way that could not be undone, but his administration awakened the sleeping giant and prodded it to, finally, get to its feet. Over his 8 years, the awakening grew and continues to grow by leaps and bounds today, as the corruption, duplicity and hypocrisy is quickly exposed, especially when compared to how long it took them to construct it.

      Can’t be undone? With the right weapon, the right wrecking ball, everything they thought impervious to mortal destruction is being torn down, reversed, eliminated and rebuilt to its original Constitutional design, with American interests first. They could not have predicted the Divine Intervention they say they don’t believe exists or a billionaire builder that knows how to wield a wrecking ball with pinpoint precision. Despite capturing political classes worldwide, they never had the majority of the people and now, they can do nothing to hold back the happy, indefatigable wrecking ball Divine Providence put into place to shatter their evil plans of domination into a billion pieces.

      Thank you, Lord. Revenge is Yours, but You have placed the power of earthly justice into our hands. Give us discernment and patience, as You work. Guide us to do and support Your plans and the people You have chosen to be Your hands on earth. In Jesus name…

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  31. Saml Adams says:

    Don’t send dwarves to do your negotiating

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  32. Doug Amos says:

    In a startling development, neither Canadian paper covered the Vancouver gay parade on their front page and there was no picture of Trudeau. He also showed up last week for a public funeral of a victim of the Toronto terrorist massacre and again did not make the front page of any of the major papers. This has never happened in the last 4 years and some think it signals something big is about to break in Canada. Best guess is that a snap national election is in the works; worst, that a long suppressed crime involving minors is about to be exposed. For sure, the jackboots in the media are acting very much out of character and Canada, in fact, may be the globalists best pawn in their plan to defeat Mr Trump in 2020.

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  33. TwoLaine says:

    On F & F this AM a guy was explaining how Canada takes advantage of the USA in the poultry markets because they subsidize it.

    Let that sink in for a minute… I hate to tell him, but we the taxpayers UNWILLINGLY subsidize our poultry market as well, on MANY FRONTS, although President TRUMP has cut down BIGLY on Illegal aliens and “refugees” being used by BIG AG, BIG POULTRY & BIG BUSINESS.

    He is also doing his best to do the same with “asylees”, which is their next go to headhunting group of people.

    We subsidize the loss of U.S. jobs to foreigners, and we subsidize the headhunters and all the services they sign these imported people up for, which is EVERYTHING, because the jobs pay too little. Healthcare, housing, food, child care, transportation, school, interpreters, legal services, voting, etc.

    Remember that guy who yelled to Obama in Congress, “You Lie”. He was right. Most of us knew it then.

    The death tax alone put us in a continuing death spiral regarding family farms/ranches that started many, many years ago. The continual addition of regulations have done whatever the death taxes couldn’t do, and helped the spiral accelerate.

    Someone should actually do an update show called “De-Regulation Nation” and they should do it NOW, BEFORE the midterms.

    We The People need to Know and Understand the full magnitude of all that President TRUMP & Team TRUMP have done to the crippling federal regs they walked in on, and have since crushed and sent into the dustbin of bad, bad history.

    That is something that Reince, Spicey and the original team could speak to with great specificity. They & the RNC should put something together as an ad, and as an online page.

    #DeRegulationNation
    #DeRegulationIsFreedom
    #BuildThatWall
    #WeWontGoBack

    P.S. There was another guy shot alongside Steve Salise. A former Congressional employee who was then a BIG Ag or BIG Poultry lobbyist. He didn’t want any limelight after he was shot, and I’m sure his bosses helped in every way they could. They didn’t want any attention. It makes me ill how cozy they all are. I can only assume he was intending to “play on their team”.

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  34. Paul from Canuckistan says:

    Ms. Freeland is the best we got…
    haha haha hahahahahaha
    Looks so intimidating in purple…don’t ya think???
    Bet that USTR Lightbringer guy will get rolled by this PC crew
    Look at her posse!!! The Knowledge!!! The Life Experiemces!!! The Gender Fluidity!!!

    Reality check!!!
    Please be merciful…they know not what they do
    However if they do…then be merciless

    Our next federal election cannot happen soon enough
    Lot of cold anger north of the 49th

    Stupid and his Minions have got to go
    Hope 44 and his lackeys keep their distance this time

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  35. 6x47 says:

    The NAFTA fatal flaw is not nearly as bad as the EU’s fatal flaw(s):

    Under NAFTA Canada and Mexico allow China to dump steel and aluminum into the American market through the back door by importing it themselves, then re-exporting it to the US after meeting the minimum amount of “value-added processing” to transmogrify it into “North American” parts.

    Under the EU Germany unilaterally threw open the borders of Europe by welcoming millions of migrants from Africa and the Middle East into Germany, from whence the hordes could stream across the EU freely.

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