Without NAFTA, hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs at stake

On Monday, the United States and Mexico announced that they had reached a preliminary agreement on a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that did not include Canada. US President Trump also revealed that NAFTA would be renamed the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement. Minister Freeland and her team were left out of the NAFTA negotiations over the last month.

Whether it is oil, automobiles or softwood lumber, Canada cannot afford to be left out of this new agreement, said Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen. The Trudeau Liberals have failed to advance the interests of Canadian workers and industries that depend on trade.

The longer we go without a deal on NAFTA, the more anxious Canadians are going to get. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs and the overall health of our economy is at stake.

The fact that this process started as a three-way negotiation and has now ended with the United States and Mexico making a bilateral deal shows just how badly the Trudeau Liberals have mismanaged this file.

Justin Trudeau owes it to Canadians to explain why both Mexico and the United States decided that talks would proceed without Canada being a part of them.

Despite being ignored and refused on every occasion by the Liberal government, Conservatives will continue to offer suggestions with respect to priorities for NAFTA discussions and be part of bi-partisan efforts with respect to outreach in Washington.

Arnold Viersen
MP for Peace River – Westlock

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