Art of the deal
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.