Art of the deal

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Re: Trade War Bomb­shell; Canada plays hard­ball — good. Ter­ence Cor­co­ran, Jan. 11

Try­ing to en­vi­sion the Trudeau govern­ment — want­ing to in­clude its pro­gres­sive agenda in any new trade deal and le­gal­iz­ing pot, while the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is clamp­ing down on that drug — “play­ing hard­ball” is a gi­ant leap into fan­tasy land. The Master of The Deal cer­tainly is not go­ing to cave into any­thing he does not want. Larry Comeau, Sara­sota, Fla. One of the more fre­quent com­ments com­ing from For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land and com­pany these days, is that Canada is pre­pared for the U. S. to with­draw from NAFTA. Un­like other events in the life of a govern­ment, there is no blue­print for a with­drawal, which makes one won­der how you can pre­pare for the as yet un­fore­seen con­se­quences.

Cer­tainly we have seen in the last num­ber of days how the mar­kets are re­act­ing. It seems un­likely that Canada can con­trol in­ter­na­tional re­ac­tion to an end to NAFTA, un­less this govern­ment has some mag­i­cal pow­ers as yet undis­closed.

No one knows what an exit from NAFTA could do our econ­omy, our jobs, our dol­lar and our debt level. For a cab­i­net min­is­ter to sug­gest that ev­ery­thing is un­der con­trol and they have a plan, is de­lib­er­at­ing mis­lead­ing all Cana­di­ans, and Free­land ac­count­able if and when things un­ravel. Jeff Spooner, Kin­burn, Ont.

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