U.S-Canada Trade Talks Ongoing – Canada’s Dairy Tariffs and Demands for Exemptions on “Cultural Industries” Still at Issue….

In case anyone was wondering, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is in Europe talking trade with the European Union.  Within the delegation of trade negotiation, the EU trade agreement is designated to Ross, while USTR Lighthizer covers Canada and Mexico and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is holding point on China.  Secretary Ross is getting the royalty treatment in Greece today.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer is still engaged with Chrystia from Canada as negotiations continue to see if a U.S-Canada trade deal is possible.  He must have the patience of Job. The 52,000 lost Canadian jobs announced today has shifted the landscape a little.  Canada appears slightly more likely to back-away from prior demands to carve out the Canadian Dairy industry and continue the process of protectionist tariffs.

Ms. Freeland is heading back to Canada tonight, leaving her negotiation team in DC to continue working.  However, Canada still demands to exempt their “cultural industries”, telecommunications and media sectors, from any trade agreement. The issues for Canada to join the U.S-Mexico agreement are/were:

  • open their telecommunications and banking sector (eliminate non tariff barriers).
  • eliminate soft-wood (lumber) and aeronautics federal subsidies.
  • begin a process of lowering their assembly use of Chinese/Asian goods.
  • accept the rules of origin for North American manufacturing.
  • eliminate protectionist tariffs on dairy and farm products.
  • accept the U.S-Mexico terms for arbitration and dispute resolution.

The Telecommunications/media sector is non-negotiable according to Justin from Canada. There may be flexibility within banking (not much information).  The lumber and aeronautics subsidies could be dropped.  Rules of origin are non-negotiable for President Trump.  Protectionist tariffs on dairy and farm products are the current issue being discussed.  Dispute resolution is an outstanding issue.

CANADA / WASHINGTON — The vexing issue of securing more American access to Canadian dairy remained a major obstacle in NAFTA negotiations as Canada’s lead minister on the continental trade pact departed the U.S. capital Friday.

Larry Kudlow, the director of President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, laid that out in the plainest terms possible during a televised interview Friday morning, hours before talks ended between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland her U.S. counterpart, trade czar Robert Lighthizer.

Freeland had come to Washington this week in an attempt to break the impasse in the 13-month renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was started at Trump’s behest.

A senior government official, briefing reporters on background, said Freeland was departing Washington on Friday night, but would keep in touch with Lighthizer. Canadian and American negotiators would continue to meet, the official added. (more)

Chrystia Freeland remarks.

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Robert Lighthizer won’t discuss anything with the media; however, Larry Kudlow discusses some of the issues:

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184 Responses to U.S-Canada Trade Talks Ongoing – Canada’s Dairy Tariffs and Demands for Exemptions on “Cultural Industries” Still at Issue….

  1. sundance says:

    Prior to departure:

    Liked by 19 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      Did she look a little…vexed?

      I think she looked a little vexed.

      But then it’s got to be vexing to have to work with big meanies like that “trade czar” Robert Lighthizer.
      😀

      Liked by 27 people

      • Minnie says:

        😆😆

        Liked by 5 people

        • truthseeker39525 says:

          Wheatie….. did she start babbling in French?
          As I understand it, that is her ‘escape hatch’ when she gets completely ‘schlonged’ in a discussion, and has no other way out.

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      • 🍺Gunny says:

        Is it me?….. or does it seem like it cannot be determined where her stomach ends and her chest begins………guess it is time for the shower curtain look…

        Maybe she should get fashion advise from Mooch……wait…..Mike…..or…..

        Hold my beer…….I’ll be back😎

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        • wheatietoo says:

          Heheh.
          It’s like someone told her that those tight dresses “look great”.
          So that’s all she ever wears!

          She probably terrorizes her little rat pack of young assistants…so when she asks:
          “How do I look? Is this dress okay?”
          They all answer:
          “Oh you look great!” “Fabulous, you look fabulous!”

          😀

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          • 🍺Gunny says:

            Eye Roll……😎

            Yep… fabulous…….
            ”ah could you please move a bit…..I’m getting too
            much shade…..ah a bit more”….

            …”Hey, can I get some help over here?”

            “Anyone one got a Cultural Fork Lift?”

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          • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

            Last week some Treeper referred to her as “Ms. Sausage Casing” and I thought that fit her perfectly. Far more perfectly that her clothing, actually.

            Liked by 12 people

          • redtreesquirrel says:

            She looks like she’s wearing some weird corset. Her shoulders are very narrow and that doesn’t help.

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          • Jenny R. says:

            Tight dresses…and a very obvious push-up bra.
            This is not a good look on anyone, let alone a woman in her fifties — she doesn’t just have no style, she’s anti-style.

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          • truthseeker39525 says:

            Maybe those dresses fit….. 20 POUNDS ago. (Oh, what’s that in Kg, as Chrystia does not understand Inch-Pound-Gallon measurements.)

            Try again:
            Maybe those dresses fit….. 9 KILOGRAMS ago.

            Chrystia, Chrystia, Chrystia…..
            Your ill-fitting clothes are a distraction, and not a good one.
            It’s time to get some PROFESSIONAL-grade clothes that FIT.

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        • Sgt Stryker says:

          She needs Cankles Moo-Moo designer…..I think he works for Lazy-Boy.

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        • gman-reloaded says:

          “She” likes very tight fitting outfits. Kind of like stuffing 30 lbs of unsightly fat into a 5 lb flex trash bag.

          Someone needs to tell Ms. Freeland that her penchant for trying to look sexy is NOT working for her.

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        • Jan says:

          I was going to say “nipple alert” on that white dress. Side note: I went to school with a guy named “Jon Nipple”. He signed my yearbook, in which he stated it wasn’t his signature if it didn’t have a circle with a dot in it. LOL!! We were really stupid in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Dimms were trying to tear us apart back then, and they haven’t changed. We’re losing America if we don’t turn out the Republican vote.

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        • JoAnn Leichliter says:

          Geez, Gunny, even I (a 70+ woman who essentially lives in blue jeans) thought, “This woman has no fashion sense.” Had the same anatomical observation as you. I got your beer, by the way.

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        • Plain Jane says:

          It’s her padded, push-up, industrial strength underwire cantilevered, with shortened straps look.

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      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        Someone called her out on her hillbilly accent?

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      • modsquad says:

        Yes, if by vexed you mean unqualified.

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        • Substitute Drama Teacher. says:

          I believe that in this case what is meant by “vexed” is insufferable clueless self important twit.

          Liked by 4 people

        • wheatietoo says:

          “Yes, if by vexed you mean unqualified.”
          ____

          Yeah, she is definitely unqualified.

          But in this case, vexed means ‘annoyed’ or ‘distressed’.

          The Canadian article that Sundance quoted above, started out with:

          The vexing issue of securing more American access to Canadian dairy…”

          So the leftist Canadian press is proclaiming that it is ‘annoying’ that us Americans to want to be treated fairly.

          We’re supposed to be ‘okay’ with their 275% Tariff on our US Dairy products.

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      • Don L says:

        Vexed? Nay, hexed is closer to it.

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      • Charlie says:

        What did she say in that presser? did I miss it? Oh yea, absolutely NOTHING!
        Liberal dealing with reality looks like this.

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      • She’s incredibly stressed, very very stressed.

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      • I hope we don’t give in to the demands to retain telecommunications and media culture! I don’t understand why they say non negotiable on that> How much are they losing?

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      • Mark L. says:

        It must be difficult these days for foreign dignitaries. During the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years, negotiations were a time to party. Now, they have to carry their own water.

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      • Will Warburg says:

        The fact that Trudope chose a person trained as a journalist to head Canada’s foreign affairs shows how stupid he is. Oh sorry -his cabinet had to be 1/2 women and he was nearing the bottom of the barrel. It’s embarrassing and Canadians deserve better than these clowns in Ottawa. But then again – the USA is doing so much better since they saw the light and booted the democrats. The liberals ruling days in canada are numbered. Praying for change asap.

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      • Fools Gold says:

        I would say so. She even tried putting butter beans in her bra and that didn’t work. Yes she’s vexed. Have you seen the red Panda panic….

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      She really did not say anything of any substance – a little fluff and filler. Someone with honesty and integrity would either decline appearing at a press conference altogether or just say something along the lines of talks are continuing, but there is nothing new to report.

      Liked by 6 people

    • cthulhu says:

      I thought it was positive that she mentioned “our objective is to get a good deal for Canada.” Maybe there’s a bit of light creeping in between that and “a good deal for globalist interests using the Canada NAFTA loophole.”

      That said, any deals will start from the status after the latest turn of the screw. The best deals were available before the screw started to turn.

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      • MVW says:

        “our objective is to get a good deal for Canada.”
        Translation:
        Looking for political smoke and mirrors to save our election bxtts while making Global Overlords happy.

        Liked by 4 people

    • Rex70 says:

      What a putz. The cheerleader captain is speaking Zen Existential Trade-ism, and USTR Lighthizer is speaking Common Sense International Trade. Where do these two lines of “thought” ever cross each other??? Lighthizer really must have the patience of Job–but as Canadian jobs evaporate, maybe Thor’s hammer is needed to just smash through the b.s., get a deal, and get on with life. If this process is excruciating to watch, I cannot even imagine what it must be like for Lighthizer’s team to interact with this Zen-Existential Canadian delegation. Ugh.

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    • flyboy46 says:

      I have to laugh that they now want to protect their banking industry, after Bank of Montreal gobbled up Harris Bank of Chicago years ago, and Toronto Dominion Bank bought Amertitrade brokerage also years ago. I worked at Harris Bank at that time, so I know it happened.

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “The Telecommunications/media sector is non-negotiable according to Justin from Canada.”

    I notice that they absolutely do not want to lose the propaganda mouthpiece, they might fudge on some other issues in an attempt not to go totally down the toilet.

    But they are still in swirling water with some turds….

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  3. Bogeyfree says:

    Let them crash and burn.

    Liked by 7 people

  4. alliwantissometruth says:

    That photo of the two just begs for captions…

    Come on! A two year old could understand this!

    You can’t be this stupid!

    HELLO!!!!!

    You’re kidding……………. right?

    You’re really the person I’m supposed to deal with?

    Liked by 3 people

  5. KingBroly says:

    I’d be willing for them to keep their propaganda if we can somehow manage to force divestment from foreign entities for our propaganda (Looking at you, New York Times)

    Liked by 5 people

  6. felipe says:

    Larry Kudlow, What a hilarious/brilliant choice for this role. Love the way he sorta stays on message here.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. TheWanderingStar says:

    Screw it what’s there to discuss at this point? Plug in the tariffs and get on with life. Then engage the $267B in China tariffs and kick Xi in the ass to step up the DPRK denuclearization.

    Liked by 8 people

    • 🍺Gunny says:

      Hey……. I’m with ya…….they’re trying to look like they are putting up a good fight….

      It’s like the guy you punch out, but still won’t shut up.

      Just give em the tariffs…….

      Next……..

      Liked by 8 people

    • Paqul Killinger says:

      It’s not beyond the pale that the Chinese are using their dominant trade position with the Canadians to encourage them to STALL on reaching an agreement.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Sentient says:

    They have their “cultural industries” because Canada wants to try to be distinct from America. But I’ve seen those people when we’re on vacation. They’re just like us – only more so. If they can subject us to Rush, then they need to tolerate us having our banks up there.

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  9. fleporeblog says:

    At this point, Canada 🇨🇦 is going to be left behind and there is nothing they can do to change it. Our President’s window with them is so narrow that a mouse 🐁 has a difficult time getting through it. Once that window closes, it will remain closed.

    Ambassador Lighthizer is going to be in Brussels on Monday. There is a very good chance that the discussions our Wilburine is having is getting us closer and closer to the finish line. I am not predicting a finalized deal but we will be one step closer to getting it. The European Union 🇪🇺 read the Reuters article today where our President said he is ready to impose the remaining $267 billion dollars in tariffs on China 🇨🇳.

    From the article linked above:

    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has tariffs ready to go on a further $267 billion worth of Chinese imports, as the world awaits his decision on imposing levies on $200 billion worth of the Asian nation’s goods.

    “The $200 billion we are talking about could take place very soon depending on what happens with them. To a certain extent its going to be up to China, Trump said. “And I hate to say this, but behind that is another $267 billion ready to go on short notice if I want. That changes the equation.”

    They also realize that the tariffs on cars, trucks and parts is right around the corner. They see the writing on the wall and want to remain in our President’s good graces.

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  10. USTerminator says:

    Canada can keep the propaganda protection if it agrees to implement carbon tax, cap and trade and Paris climate change immediately without exemption. This will make sure that all Canadian manufacturers migrate south of the border.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. scott467 says:

    She is just repulsive.

    And the stream-of-consciousness blithering and lies… it’s like someone pulled the string on the back of a talking dummy and just let it run.

    Nice dress though.

    Liked by 4 people

    • rf121 says:

      Here you go.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Nice dress though.”

      Somehow I just cannot envision her “rolling up her sleeves” [even if she had them] to get down to the real business of working out a trade deal that would be best for the Canadian people. Instead, every attempt is being made to retain the status quo of the multi-national conglomerates, etc.

      These Globalist shills are still stuck on repeating the failed mantra of where we are today.The people of the world see what is happening and they want their countries back.

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  12. Donna in Oregon says:

    It seems like the 25% on automobiles isn’t in the equation. But President Trump means it because then cars produced in the USA will have a huge advantage in price and American productivity will increase.

    Right from Detroit Michigan:

    Dead bodies, wild dogs, squatters in government-owned Detroit houses
    THE DETROIT LAND BANK AUTHORITY’S PROBLEM WITH UNAUTHORIZED OCCUPANTS IS LIKE NO OTHER IN THE NATION
    Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press
    Published 7:00 a.m. ET July 19, 2018 | Updated 7:18 p.m. ET July 31, 2018

    https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2018/07/19/squatters-detroit-land-bank-properties/609387002/

    Just go across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit MI and there is the automobile manufacturing mecca of Windsor Canada:

    “Windsor now home to Canada’s largest manufacturing workplace”

    FCA Canada’s Windsor Assembly Plant is Canada’s largest manufacturing workplace and Windsor-Essex has morphed into the country’s automotive “epicentre,” says a new report.

    DOUG SCHMIDT, WINDSOR STAR Updated: April 25, 2017
    https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/windsor-now-home-to-canadas-largest-manufacturing-workplace

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  13. wheatietoo says:

    “Ankle biters”

    Heheh.
    I love it that Kudlow used that phrase.

    For the last year and a half, I’ve had this image in my head, of Pres Trump having to do all these battles…with a bunch of little ankle biters on each leg.

    He may shake them off, kick them away…even stomp a few…but they keep coming back.
    They keep swarming his ankles.

    Our intrepid VSGPotus keeps going, though…keeps fighting for us every day.

    Thank you, Mr. President!
    We love you.
    Best President ever.

    Liked by 13 people

    • jmclever says:

      The only reason ankle biters persist is because of the restraint and mercy of their target. Once the target is done with them, the final kick is swift and irrevocable.

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  14. jsteele9 says:

    This dairy “supply management” tariff issue should not be a huge stumbling block.
    Why doesn’t Canada subsidize and protect their farmers in other ways besides large tariffs.

    So far, the USA doles out massive expenditures to subsidize farmers as this article outlines.

    “The federal government spends more than $20 billion a year on subsidies for farm businesses. About 39 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million farms receive subsidies, with the lion’s share of the handouts going to the largest producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and rice.”

    “The government protects farmers against fluctuations in prices, revenues, and yields. It subsidizes their conservation efforts, insurance coverage, marketing, export sales, research, and other activities. Federal aid for crop farmers is deep and comprehensive.”
    https://www.downsizinggovernment.org/agriculture/subsidies

    There must be a fair way to open agri-competition across both borders and also ensure that the farmers in either country are not obliterated. ie Canadian Dairy Farms with gov’t subsidies could better compete with the heavily subsidized American farmers as noted in the above article.

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    • RedBallExpress says:

      Canadian dairy farmers own a quota. So much to own each cow and they can only produce so much. I just hope we don’t flood their market with our milk that is produced largely by illegal aliens. What I am saying is get rid of the low paid illegal Mexicans on American farms.

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      • jsteele9 says:

        Red Ball:

        Mexicans are also on many Canadian farms esp now that Trudeau cancelled Mexican visa requirements. Some of them filed Human Rights abuse cases a year or so ago I think claiming they were being mistreated and living in miserable housing and being underpaid etc. I think some were.

        Yes the quota aspect of the supply management system is a big part of the negotiation.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      A return to an actual free market in agriculture–one in which the farmers themselves decide how much of what to grow, for instance–and the gradual elimination of subsidies would be nice. However, steps would need to be taken to reduce drastically the influence of international corporations on who pays how much for agricultural products. As it stands now, we actually subsidize food prices for the Third World countries. Ask yourself how that affects their own farmers…

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    • Paqul Killinger says:

      Try looking at it as a “tax rebate.” How much is the value of the goods the produce? And what about the Absolute Necessity of our securing our nation’s own FOOD SUOPLY?

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  15. jsteele9 says:

    Thanks sundance. I was wondering and could not find any info on it.

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  16. Gary Morton says:

    An article at the Hill said 9 million US jobs rely on trade with Canada so no trade agreement is not good for the US either.
    Though I do believe the problem is Trudeau and his liberals.

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  17. progpoker says:

    Boy! Their demands sure have changed over the course of a year playing with Daddy’s Little Killers! Something tells me old Chrystia’s not doing much leading these days!! 😂😂😂

    Through Ms. Freedlan’s leadership – Canada is focused on ensuring a “progressive trade agenda”. She is demanding a focus on LGBTQ, and specifically transgender rights in the trade deal, in addition to cultural sensitivity aspects, and climate change. Go figure.” -Sundance 8/16/17

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  18. progpoker says:

    I wonder how Chrystia is feeling aboot Canada’s strong ties with Mexico these days?? 😂😂😂

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  19. WSB says:

    Yay, Wilburine!!!!!!

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  20. jeanettedennis says:

    Do a search on Freeland. She is a Soros Handmaiden. Came back to Canada to run for office when Trudeau swept the nation with the help of Soros, Obama the Dem’s computer programs and a big boost from China on the left coast.She Has been called Trudeau’s Valerie Jarred. Runs the Prime Ministers Office with Gerald Butts an enviro wacko of WWF fame. Not as flunky as she seems but many times more wicked.

    God save Canada.

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    • WSB says:

      Jeanette, thank you for your post. Always something off with Freeland. Now, we can understand, if that is the truth. As are all of these leftists winning their primaries in the US.

      I truly believe we are in WWIII, and we are waking up to the fight. President Trump already knows this…and has been preparing for this inevitability for years.

      May God bless President Trump, his family, All at the Conservative Treehouse for presenting the truth, and for all of those who seek it.

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    • Dekester says:

      Ten four Jeanette, it is too bad that more folks are not aware of the Soros/Dem connection in our Canadian politics.

      God bless PDJT.

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      • CopperTop says:

        Canada had a shortage of women. 10:1 The French king sent any willing woman over to become a ‘Daughter of the King’ to be courted by the men. The rough frontiersman had to act ‘real nice’ in order for one of these young ladies to accept them as grooms. Canadian machismo took a back seat. Enter Hockey where they could cuss and beat the h$ll outta of each other and the women would actually cheer this display.

        “Freelander, meet Jersey #45”

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  21. Troublemaker10 says:

    Glad to see Wilbur Ross in Brussels. Larry Kudlow recently said that talks with the EU we’re going well and we could see some good news coming out of that very soon.

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  22. KBR says:

    We love North Carolina!

    I keep trying to tell these Canucks:
    Milk does NOT need REFRIGERATION while it is still in the cow!

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  23. KBR says:

    Inre: Chrystia Freeland:

    Beloved grandfather, Mykhail Chomiak, was a Nazi sympathizer newspaper editor, of Krakivski Visti (Cracow News) from 1940 to 1945 (after its Jewish owner was killed in a concentration camp.) Krakiviski Vista claimed Krakow was much better off without Jews (who had been shipped to concentration camps by SS or put into Polish ghettos) and welcomed the SS. While she is not responsible for her grandfather’s acts, she IS responsible for her attempt to cover them up, claiming a “Russian conspiracy” was behind it. (Sound familiar?)

    Source:
    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-chrystia-freeland-affair/

    Attended the NWO-globalist precollege, where students age 16-19 study “the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a two-year internationally recognized pre-university program” It is called United World College of the Adriatic.

    Bachelor of Arts (article is unclear whether she obtained a BA from Harvard or merely claimed one from her “pre uni program?) “followed by” Russian history and literature at Harvard.” Masters in Slavonic studies St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

    She worked as a “stringer” for Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist. Moscow bureau chief and Eastern Europe Correspondent for Financial Times. (Lets talk about Russian collusion, folks?) She became editor of Thomson Reuters Digital in 2011.

    Never expect a WAPO NWO’er globalista to be anything other than what she is: an utter globalist.
    Not interested in Canada, and certainly not the USA, in the end she only promotes the GLOBALIST AGENDA (and/or NeoNaziism.)

    Sources:
    http://www.networthage.com/chrystia-freeland-bio-husband-height-net-worth.html

    See Wikipedia article on United World College of the Adriatic.

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    • Paqul Killinger says:

      That sums up the overall perspective of the Trudeau Govt very well.

      But we can’t help our Canadian friends in overcoming that. They’ll have to take care of it (if they want to?) themselves!

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  24. Cheryl Harding says:

    Come on guys, attack her for her stupidity, lack of understanding, globalist cr*p, etc, etc, but not her looks, hair, dress, etc. That is too like what Marxist, progressive, addle pated democrats do, way beneath the level I’ve come to expect from Treepers. Richard.

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    • jtomka says:

      Are we allowed to mock the smiley face emojis she includes in her emails?

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    • I would agree with you but this is a different circumstance. This is politics. Politics is all about appearance and leverage. Ms. Freeland’s inability to dress appropriately automatically puts her at a disadvantage that she is clearly unable to see (or she wouldn’t dress that way). The impression is that Ms Freeland is more concerned with looking “sexy” than she is concerned about the negotiations themselves. Remember when Megan Kelly interviewed Putin dressed like she was going to a Hollyweird bash instead of interviewing the Pres of Russia? You could see the smirking condescension on his face. This is no different. If you want to be taken seriously you have to “dress the part”. Ms. Freeland seems to have never heard that phrase.

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      • The advice, “dress for success” and “dress to impress” often has been misinterpreted or completely forgotten.

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        • Jayne gilmore says:

          As a certified image consultant, I have to agree with you. Have been retired for a few years but things haven’t changed that much. Dressing sexy is still a big no-no, especially when clothing doesn’t fit.

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      • yy4u says:

        anotherworriedmon gets it. Younger people have NO IDEA how to dress professionally. I recently attended a very high level dinner and it was fascinating to see how the middle aged and younger PROFESSIONAL women dressed. Their hair was long and stringy or pulled back in a pony tail, one of them looked like she was wearing a table cloth. The “old guard” was there, too, of which I and spouse are members. At the “old guard” table, the men were all in suits with ties, the women dressed in what used to be called “cocktail” dresses with hair and make up signalling they were to be taken serious socially. I hate to be a snob, but anotherworriedmom is 100% right. Show up to interview the Russian president like you’re working Hollywood Boulevard and he immediately sizes you up as a mental lightweight rightly or wrongly. Show up at a trade negotiation in a skin tight minidress that makes you look like a purple sausage and it isn’t likely you’re going to get much respect. Appearance matters. Nobody is teaching young professionals this.

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    • yy4u says:

      WRONG, Cheryl. What would we think of President Trump if he showed up in a t-shirt and sweat pants to meet the new president of Brazil. Same thing. It isn’t sexist and has nothing to do with her looks or hair or dress. Even had the purple sausage minidress fit her, it was still the wrong thing to wear to a trade negotiations. America took the negotiations seriously enough that the negotiators dressed seriously; Canada sent a teeny bopper to talk about a couple of trillion dollars. Didn’t work. Won’t work. Will never work.

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    • rbrtsmth says:

      I actually agree with you on this. I can’t help myself though.

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    • abdiesus says:

      can we at least make fun of fake eyebrows and sparkle-sox?

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  25. Doug Amos says:

    In Canada this a.m. it’s all about Mr Trump threatening Canada. Media bluster, of course, but, beneath the surface, questions simmer. Only 17 million people have jobs in Canada; 95% of whom do not make anything and unemployment is rising. Another province, impatient Alberta, sick and tired of bungling Trudeau, is floating secession. Everywhere, nerves are frayed. Cap and trade was supposed to have been implemented by now. Marijuana is due in 6 weeks and still, no one knows the rules. Pipelines are a nightmare that will not go away and NAFTA and its ominous undertones for the auto industry hangs over everything. Truth is,1 of the 5 largest countries in the world needs 100 million people, immediately, half of them employed, just to support its infrastructure and entitlement commitments; something that is of no interest to China. Alberta may be prescient. Strength in diversity? Carbonless energy? Apology tours? How about just taking care of your people? Canada could very well become the 51st state; it may be their only option.

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    • bosscook says:

      Thank you for this insight!! I wish SD would do a whole post on the globalist background of Freeland and Soros’ influence and plans for Canada. I hope your country has a version of Trump somewhere.

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    • Kaco says:

      I thought the China loophole was the most important thing to eliminate, then working on the tariffs. I couldn’t give a rat’s behind about the media ownership. In fact, I’d rather Carlos Slim and the Saudis didn’t have their fingers in our own media. Let Canada keep their media. It’s not like U.S. media is locked out or hidden like in China. As far as the banks, are these globalist banks like Citi etc., that want to get into Canada? Why is this important and is Wall St making it important? This should be based on trade of goods, not financing.

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  26. Brian says:

    Some info about Freeland’s prior accomplishment (failure) at Reuters. Exhibiting the same result currently but at a much larger scale.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/matthewzeitlin/how-chrystia-freeland-hastened-reuters-nexts-demise

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    • Jayne gilmore says:

      Wow, she blew through $$$$ and still ended up with symbolism over substance because on the surface it looked great but was unworkable behind the scene.

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  27. Bill O Writes says:

    I have decided that we would be better off with a preschool teacher as trade negotiator. So far, Canada has tried, “I am going to tell mommy,” when Freeland went to the US media and congress to bypass Trump. Then it was followed by, “I am going to hold my breath,” when they thought all they had to do was refuse to negotiate.

    PS No, we don’t want Alberta as a state and most certainly not a territory. We should be focusing on cutting Puerto Rico loose.

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  28. Ockham's Phaser says:

    We hear a lot about dairy, but Canada also protects it’s wheat industry by non-tariff barriers, Canada’s grain grading policy requires all non-Canadian produced wheat to be segregated and classified as “foreign grain,” and therefore automatically downgraded and classified as feed wheat. US producers are basically prevented from selling premium grade wheat to Canada.

    “The grading issue contributes to a striking imbalance in the U.S.-Canada wheat trade: 50,751 tonnes of U.S. wheat was exported to Canada in 2017 while 2.8 million tonnes of Canadian wheat was shipped into the United States, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

    The bilateral agreement the U.S. and Mexico announced on Monday – before Canada rejoined NAFTA talks – called for “non-discriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products,” according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. ”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-canada-wheat/u-s-wheat-growers-have-trumps-ear-on-old-canada-trade-gripe-idUSKCN1LG0G0

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  29. Davey says:

    Trudeau does not want America in our media, because he has paid the CBC a lot of money to protect the Liberals. Anything Canadian is cheap copies of American shows. The only thing uniquely Canadian is Hockey Night in Canada.

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  30. Targysan says:

    She and justin from ottawa are in so far over their heads, one almost feels sorry for them.

    Almost

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  31. NJ Transplant says:

    The lumber tariffs, or at least a level playing field are important. There was so much unemployment in Maine it was horrendous.

    As far as cultural identity. If the US wants to keep its cultural identity, we are called racists.

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  32. k4jjj says:

    What is a “cultural” trade issue, anyway? Is that like, “I’ll trade you two doo-rags for one burqa?”

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  33. Canada is sending its children to negotiate with adults. Justin “Boy” Trudeau got elected because he is so pretty. What the hell is wrong with those people?

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    • yy4u says:

      Senca. What’s wrong with Canada (electing Baby Trudy)? The same thing that was wrong with America in 2008 when we elected a glib, attractive,young man who told us how great he was and we believed him.

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    • Our country elected Obama because he could read a teleprompter and almost elected Hillary because she had female naughty bits.
      I suppose I can see how O’Canada could elect a boy because of his pretty footies.
      I wouldn’t hire someone to mow my grass based on these strange, low standards.
      The bar in politics is bizarrely low!

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  34. yy4u says:

    I admit anything to do with Baby Justine makes my eyes glaze over, so I confess at the get-go that I haven’t really read every word of what the toddler wants for Canada. Thanks to Sundance for wading through the nitty-gritty. But from having reared a child some years ago, I seem to remember thee were times when the toddler was having a ****fit and you really didn’t feel like fighting it out, you figured out what would be the loss in giving in and letting the little tyrant have the darned ice cream cone. So Baby Juss wants to protect Canadian propaganda markets and its thriving movie and TV industry. Didn’t they make the blockbuster “Polar Bear” where a great white polar bear terrorized a suburban town? So if giving in to Baby Juss on THIS ONE point screws American media and American Hollywood, what’s the loss to us Deplorables? If there is a reason to deny the little brat his ice cream cone, I’m open to hearing the argument. Right now I’m ready to unload on American news media and Hollywood without a second thought.

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    • Q&A says:

      If Canada is looking for a “give-in on just this one point” president, they’re one president too late. Anyway, it never is “just this one point” with progressives; they always move the goalpost. Here’s Trump’s goalpost: No matter what you do, I win.

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  35. railer says:

    Poor Justin, he’s just a dead man walking now. The truth is, no matter what he did in these trade negotiations, he was probably doomed. He’d previously managed to cobble together an electoral coalition within his party that attracted Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, and so became Canadian premier. But that coalition is extremely volatile and perishable, and there was little chance it could survive once Trump was elected. Canada is far too sectional to keep it together for long. Trump’s trade demands will disintegrate that political coalition, so maintaining that coalition is what Justin is actually fighting for. To “win”, he’d have to hold both Ontario and Quebec, and hope the Maritimes come along for the ride. He can’t allow the automotive sector to be destroyed, or he loses Ontario. He has to protect dairy and timber and aerospace, or he loses Quebec, likely to a separatist French Bloc or something equal. He can’t lose his media stranglehold, or he loses propaganda control everywhere.

    This was a political loser for Justin from the day Trump was elected. It would have taken an extremely sharp and clever politician to navigate and survive these waters, and Justin is a dilettante. He started off badly wrong, and hasn’t recovered. Say goodbye to this guy, he won’t be around long. No matter what deal he signs now, he’s likely finished. I sense he’s about to give in on all Trump’s automotive and manufacturing issues, to put Canada in line with the agreement with Mexico, but I also sense Trump’s gunning for the Canada agreement to duplicate the Mexican agreement everywhere, which gives Justin no political protection whatsoever. He would not be allowed to protect his regional economic factions in their entirety, and thus his political coalition disintegrates. Trump would really be doing a favor to Canada by stepping on this guy’s neck hard, on every single issue. It gets rid of Justin, and will likely provide more jobs and capital investment to Canada, while lowering their cost of living significantly.

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    • Brian says:

      railer ..
      From a Canadian perspective , a very good summary of the lose – lose position Trudeau (Mr. DressUp) has put himself in. It is very likely that the milk (dairy marketing board) issue was not really a big deal UNTIL Trudeau back stabbed Trump after the G7 .. then is was a big deal (personal) , knowing how much that issue could cost Trudeau in Quebec. As one comment I read suggested “It is Trudeau’s hill to die on”.

      Another factor is the Premier of Ontario who is a real conservative and has so far stayed out of the fray , but if Trudeau walks from the table , he will come out swinging so that Trudeau wears the auto loss. With a federal election in October 2019 , if the auto sector is hurt it will be a huge political issue.

      My guess is that Trump also needs a deal , as he has enough problems to deal with , and a 25% auto import duty would cause havoc on both sides of the border. In order to get a deal Trump may allow Trudeau to save face by forgoing the dairy issue , but not much else. Whatever the US tables will almost certainly be take it or leave it.

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      • railer says:

        I don’t think Trump needs a deal. In fact, walking away from a bad deal helps him politically in states he needs for reelection. An auto tariff adds jobs here and in Mexico, so not much havoc in either place, but much in Canada as that’s where those jobs will come from. You may be right that Trump is going to squeeze Trudeau on dairy for personal reasons, although I have to imagine Trump recognizes Trudeau will soon be gone so personalities won’t matter much soon.

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  36. Margaret Berger says:

    And throw in a pair of ripped Levi jeans and my old nike socks.

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  37. Drake Passage says:

    Since 90% of the population of Canada lives within 100 miles of the US/Canada border, why don’t we increase the US border 100 miles north? There, problem solved.

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  38. ck says:

    Canada will not get as good a deal as Mexico. That’s the way it works, they blew their chance for the same deal. Each deal gets successively worse. Canada will not get ANYTHING the Mexicans didn’t get, period.

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  39. If you understand Canadian politics they will NEVER compromise and they will NEVER re-negotiate nafta. You have Ontario/auto/union vs Quebec/farm/supply mgt. Quebec is the power base and supply mgt is their idealogical base. Canada will also not compromise on media/telecom/lumber. Basically Justin can not compromise on anything. They love nafta and the advantages and wont give it up. They would rather protect everything in the current deal and force POTUS to impose the auto tariffs. Justin will be applauded for staying strong for Canada and Trump will be the bully.

    Canada MSM is more liberal and tied to the American MSM. They are all playing the same narratives:
    Trump is unpopular
    Trump will be impeached
    Dems will win the mid terms
    Congress will never approve the bilateral
    Congress will never let Trump kill nafta
    Congress will never let Trump impose auto tariffs
    Courts will never approve the bilateral
    Courts will never let Trump kill nafta
    Courts will never let Trump impose auto tariffs

    Canada game theory move is that Congress and the Courts will block Trump and nafta will remain until another “more reasonable” President takes power.

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  40. Lactantius says:

    President Donald J. Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, USTR Robert Lightizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin all look at how to pay for the underfunded and run-away socialist entitlement programs in the United States. Every sentient person knows that we have an enormous underfunded and unfunded entitlement debt that can not be sustained. The first objective of the POTUS-Ross-Mnuchin-Lightizer team is to maximize the US economy growth, shrink the welfare rolls and then tackle a wide range of spending problems of all stripes.

    Globalists and their “globalism” is a loosely knit concept of world colonialism by corporate whiz-kids whose allegiance is to themselves and their own comforts. That is why they never meet in shit-hole places in shit-hole countries. The actual Globalists are money barons and are the tip of the elite. Just below them are the elitists who are where they are by attempting to be money barons and by whoring to money barons. The third tier is useful idiots. Beneath them are the useless class like people who go to work and pay their bills. At the bottom are truly expendables, deplorables, miserables and primitives. That is the Globalist’s view of humanity.

    The POTUS-Ross-Mnuchin-Lightizer team sees no earthly reason to have any trade deficits which are used to support socialist programs in other countries. For instance, NATO “dues” not paid allow the non-paying NATO member to dump their “fair share” on others while they spend the savings on their run-away socialism. A dollar France owes but does not pay to NATO is spent on their health care scheme. Five billion dollars of trade deficit income supports a lot of welfare. That is the “utopia” of “equality” that the socialists and globalists envision.

    In short the POTUS-Ross-Mnuchin-Lightizer team is fighting to save capitalism and reduce socialism to a (hopefully) realistic and doable level.

    What even the POTUS-Ross-Mnuchin-Lightizer team does not talk about is the inevitable truth that less is more and when we restore America, trinkets will cost enough more and than we will return to insisting on quality products which last. The Nike report Sundance provided that traced Nike shoes to slave-sweat shops in North Korea should give anyone pause about the utility of globalism. It should also help folks to understand how and why socialism always ends up with a privileged ruling class shoving peasants around while the country goes down the toilet.

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  41. tempo150101 says:

    I can’t argue with them too much on “cultural issues”. We wouldn’t want our media owned by China, Russia or Germany, either. Look at our own media and imagine how much worse it would be if owned by companies based in hostile countries.

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    • KBR says:

      Look at “our” media? Who “owns” it?

      How many foreigners “own” American media? How many stock shares are owned by foreigners?

      USA does NOT have a USA-only media.

      Why I keep harping on the fact that US Constitutional rights to “free speech/freedom of press” should not be and in actuality is NOT applicable to the “press/media” of foreign owners.

      The US Constitution applies to US citizens and US people here legally, NOT to every Tom Dick Harry, nor Tomas Ricardo Hosea, nor AlTomas AlDickir and Hassan, who might own a piece of stock in the NWO media or else own a branch of it outright. USCOnstitution does not apply to ANY foreign person, nor to any foreign-owned corporation, nor to any part-foreign-owned corporation. It is solely a USA document.

      If you cannot wrap your mind around that, imagine China’s, Russia’s, Pakistan’s , Turkey’s, N.Korean’s “news medias” suing the US for failing to provide Constitutional “freedom of their presses” to operate freely and propagandize in the USA.

      With MSM: Same dam thing: ownership by foreigners (any foreigners, even a few stockholders, especially those not even in the USA) negates any claim to “protections” under Constitutional law.

      A corporation as a “person” under the law cannot be a “citizen” of every nation in the world and expect coverage via the US Constitution. Yet THAT is what MSM expects, claims, and even gets.

      USA does NOT have a media. USA does NOT have a press.

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  42. DiogenesVindicated says:

    Couldn’t we just apply tariffs to all non-North American content in order incentivize growth and penalize trans-shipments?

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  43. Pokey says:

    I am impressed! I didn’t know this many people could spell Canada and have an idea where that is. Just know that if Democarts like anything it is because their Communist mentors have made the determination that it is good for the prospects of long term Communist rule. It is imperative that we vote these Global Collectivists out this Fall.

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  44. fthoma says:

    I lived in Northern Vermont “way back then and used to go to Phillipsburgh, jus across the US-Canada border, to load up on Brador beer, which was not imported into Vermont. There was a store like a 7-11 there that had beers stacked so one had to turn sideways to get to the counter. The Border Agents would look into the back of my car and see cases of bottles ready for the bottle return rebate and say “Ah, Brador run, Frank?’ because they knew me by then. When Quebec killed their Labor minister of one thing or another, and DeGaul came out with hie famous “Libre Quebec” or something like that the owner of that beer store “forgot how to speak English” and I told him to fuck off and never went back. Their women still like to get nailed, though.

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