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  • Report: Canada Comfortable Resisting Trump By Intentionally Missing Trade Negotiation Timeline…

    09/16/2018 9:31:35 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 9-15-2018 | sundance
    According to a CBC article citing a “Senior Canadian Official”, the Trudeau government is completely “comfortable” missing an October 1st deadline to join the U.S-Mexico trade alliance: …”The source who spoke to CBC News on background, due to the sensitivity of the talks, said the external political pressure “is not a good enough reason,” for Canada to be forced into a fast finish.”… (more) This statement follows a series of actions by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Justin Trudeau which highlights their intent to resist any trade agreement while counting on domestic politics to deliver electoral forgiveness. Indeed for...
  • Ideological Bromance Between Barry & Justin Still Going Strong

    09/12/2018 12:32:52 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/18 | Judi McLeod
    "The pair have a storied bromance, which began when Mr Trudeau visited the White House for a state dinner last year" Even going-for-Trump-jugular Michael Moore realized that anti-gun activist David Hogg got it bass-ackwards by asking Canadians to meddle in American elections. Bass-ackwards because former President Barack Obama got away with meddling in Canada’s 2015 federal election by sending his top campaign team to help Justin Trudeau get elected as Canada’s prime minister.
  • Mulroney praises 'civilized, modest' leadership of Bush Sr. in contrast to Trump

    09/11/2018 6:52:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | September 11, 2018 | Peter Zimonjic
    Former PM says he had an easier time dealing with the U.S. than Trudeau's had Former prime minister Brian Mulroney lavished praise on former U.S. president George Bush senior Tuesday, saying he was a "fantastic" guy whose example offered a sharp contrast to that of the current tenant of the White House. "George Bush was fantastic and still is," Mulroney told an audience in Ottawa. "I tell you, if you want to see a contrast between a civilized, modest, thoughtful, generous leadership and what you're seeing today, there you go." Mulroney made the comments during a question and answer session...
  • Canadian Foreign Minister Left NAFTA Negotiations To Attend “President Trump is a Tyrant”

    09/11/2018 3:03:29 PM PDT · by detective · 39 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 11, 2018 | Sundance
    Shortened title. Full title: Oh My – Canadian Foreign Minister Left NAFTA Negotiations To Attend “President Trump is a Tyrant” Conference Jumpin’ ju-ju bones. Hat Tip to Ezra Levant on Twitter – This is going to go down in the history books of bad diplomacy. You have to watch the first 2 minutes of this video. Canadian Foreign Minister took leave during the middle of critically important trade negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to attend a Women in the World conference in Toronto. Check out the conference introduction video (first 01:30) “Taking on the Tyrant”, and the visual...
  • Trump says he could use the MILITARY to build his wall if Congress won't fund it...

    09/07/2018 7:48:01 PM PDT · by raiderboy · 82 replies ^ | September 7, 2018 | David Martosko
    President Donald Trump said Friday that he's considering using military resources to finish construction of his long-promised border wall instead of relying on Congress to fund the project through the Homeland Security Department's budget. He also wouldn't eliminate the possibility of a government shutdown if Democrats continue to confound his efforts to appropriate money for the project on the U.S.-Mexico border. 'We have two options,' he told aboard Air Force One as he flew from Billings, Montana to Fargo, North Dakota. 'We have military, we have homeland security.' He was asked specifically about using the Army Corps of Engineers...
  • Ralph Nader: Trump’s Done Some Good, Clinton’s Winning By ‘Dictatorship’

    05/13/2016 1:10:13 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 12 replies ^ | David Catanese | May 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.
    Ralph Nader: Trump’s Done Some Good, Clinton’s Winning By ‘Dictatorship’ He heaps praise on Bernie Sanders, but won’t reveal how he'll vote in November. By David Catanese | Senior Politics Writer May 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Ralph Nader, the former Green Party presidential candidate and lifelong consumer activist, says Donald Trump's dizzying presidential candidacy hasn't been all bad, while Hillary Clinton is winning the Democratic nomination by "dictatorship." And though he has heaps of praise for Bernie Sanders, Nader still won't say whom he voted for in the 2016 primary or which candidate he plans to cast a ballot...
  • Trudeau criticizes Trump, arguing Canada needs dispute system because the U.S. president breaks

    09/05/2018 2:06:33 PM PDT · by croixjr · 34 replies
    Toronto star ^ | 9/04/18 | Toronto Star
    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s penchant for breaking rules makes it especially necessary for Canada to preserve NAFTA’s independent dispute resolution system in any trade deal with the U.S., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. This is the first time Trudeau has criticized Trump in the course of making his case for the preservation of NAFTA’s “Chapter 19” system. The system allows import duties imposed on Canada by the U.S. government to be challenged to independent panels made up of people from both countries rather than to American courts or to the World Trade Organization.
  • NAFTA 2.0 Won’t ‘Bring Back Our Jobs’

    09/04/2018 2:00:27 PM PDT · by Thalean · 5 replies
    American Greatness ^ | September 1, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    In 1993, President Bill Clinton promised that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would create “a million [American] jobs in the first five years.” He also said NAFTA’s “side agreements” would “make it harder than it is today for businesses to relocate solely because of very low [Mexican] wages or lax environmental laws.” Bill Clinton lied. More than 800,000 American manufacturing jobs moved to Mexico since 1993, “solely because of very low [Mexican] wages or lax environmental laws.” Not only was Clinton wrong, NAFTA also caused numerous unintended harms: the post-NAFTA unemployment wave is largely to blame for the...
  • Here’s What You Need To Know About Trump’s Proposed Trade Deal With Mexico; The Good and Bad

    09/02/2018 9:27:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/31/2018 | Helen Raleigh
    U.S. stock markets surged Monday after President Trump announced the United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary trade agreement, which is part of the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Does this mean the new deal is a “huge” improvement over NAFTA? Not exactly.President Trump has called NAFTA the “worst” trade deal in history, but an analysis of key provisions finds limited improvements, some compromises, and quite a few flaws in this new agreement.The biggest improvement is with respect to digital trade, something missing from the NAFTA agreement established in 1990, when...
  • No Deal! Trade Talks with Canada Conclude for the Week with No Agreement

    09/01/2018 4:22:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Real Donald Trump Twitter ^ | September 1, 2018 | President Donald Trump
    No Deal! Trade Talks with Canada Conclude for the Week with No Agreement | Breitbart via @BreitbartNews 6:51 PM - 1 Sep 2018 MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! 6:53 PM - 1 Sep 2018 We shouldn’t have to buy our friends with bad Trade Deals and Free Military Protection! 6:55 PM - 1 Sep 2018
  • There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don’t make a fair deal

    09/01/2018 8:51:08 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Real Donald Trump Twitter ^ | September 1, 2018 | President Donald Trump
    There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off... 11:03 AM - 1 Sep 2018 ...Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made. The U.S. lost thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. We were far better off before NAFTA - should never have been signed. Even the Vat Tax was not accounted for....
  • Gormley: Canada outplayed on NAFTA

    08/31/2018 6:07:58 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 52 replies
    Saskatoon StarPhoenix ^ | August 31, 2018 | John Gormley
    At first glance, it is easy to chalk up the train wreck that is the NAFTA re-negotiations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bad luck. But in politics, there’s an old saying that you make your own luck. And there should be some tough questions asked and accountability demanded on how it all came to this: a last minute “take it or leave it” ultimatum for Canada to sign a trade deal seemingly reached between Mexico and the United States while Canada watched from the sidelines for five weeks. Two years ago, when a populist presidential candidate tapped into NAFTA as...
  • US, Canada fall short of NAFTA deal, will resume talks next week

    08/31/2018 1:31:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/31/18 | Vicki Needham
    The U.S. and Canada failed on Friday to reach a final deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) despite long discussions this week. The two nations plan to take up where they left off on Wednesday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the "talks were constructive, and we made progress." "Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement," Lighthizer said. Meanwhile, the U.S. started the 90-day clock on the U.S.-Mexico agreement, with the intent to include Canada before time runs out. Without Canada a new NAFTA agreement won't get through Congress. Getting a deal done within three months...
  • The hidden gems of the US-Mexico trade deal

    08/31/2018 11:26:09 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/31/18 | Russell Price
    Investors cheered Monday’s announcement of a trade deal with Mexico, and appropriately so. A final agreement is not yet in hand, but if maintained, it could alleviate a portion of the significant trade-related uncertainty investors have been dealing with for more than a year. The agreement would offer a few notable adjustments to the original 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which primarily dealt with the trade in goods. The world has changed dramatically since 1994, however, and the value-add of manufacturing skills has been diluted by a proliferation of production capabilities around the world. A nation’s economic worth,...
  • Trump just closed out another winning week in the economy

    08/31/2018 9:31:16 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/31/18 | Alfredo Ortiz
    On the news that President Trump has negotiated a new trade deal with Mexico, the stock market has reached a new record high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished above 26,000 and the S&P 500 finished above 2,900. The stock market surge, roughly a 40 percent increase since Trump was elected, is boosting 401(k)s, IRAs and index funds that Americans rely on for their savings and financial security. This new trade deal and resulting stock market appreciation is just the latest victory for Trump in the face of a long line of establishment critiques. First, they scolded candidate Trump for...
  • Bombshell leak to Toronto Star upends NAFTA talks: In secret ‘so insulting’ remarks...

    08/31/2018 9:20:35 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 115 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Aug. 31, 2018 | Daniel Dale
    WASHINGTON—High-stakes trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. were dramatically upended on Friday morning by inflammatory secret remarks from President Donald Trump, after the remarks were obtained by the Toronto Star. In remarks Trump wanted to be “off the record,” Trump told Bloomberg News reporters on Thursday, according to a source, that he is not making any compromises at all in the talks with Canada — but that he cannot say this publicly because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.” In a remark he did not want published, U.S. President...
  • Trudeau phones Trump to discuss trade as Mexico calls on Canada to return to NAFTA talks

    08/28/2018 1:26:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 71 replies
    Global Canada ^ | 8-28-2018 | Jessica Vomiero
    After days of speculation that a bilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had been reached between the United States and Mexico, the Mexican president-elect insisted on bringing Canada into the deal. On Monday, Mexico and the U.S. announced a deal to change the 25-year old trade pact, with Canada pressured to sign on by Friday. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who will take office on Dec. 1, made the comments during his speech before an event in the Mexican state of Chiapas. He said it was important that Canada was part of the deal.
  • Guess Who Just Paid For The Wall? Mexico!

    08/30/2018 8:55:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | August 30, 2018 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Guess what? President Trump just won- again. Trump just made the impossible, possible- again. Trump just made Mexico pay for the wall. More on that in a moment.But first, I must report on “the biggest loser.” That would be New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He reported “America was never great.”Well I’m here to report that America is the greatest country in world history. And I know why. Because we’re blessed by God. I know it’s not politically correct to say that. But like President Trump, I only report the raw truth. It’s so sad that liberals don’t believe, or understand...
  • Trump’s preliminary deal with Mexico is better for workers on both sides of the border ...

    08/29/2018 3:54:57 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 28, 2018 | Jared Bernstein
    ... Turning to labor standards, I find nothing in the TPP that comes close to the 75 percent regional auto content, including parts, up from about 62.5 percent under NAFTA. TPP’s auto content rules were set at 45 percent, meaning most of the value of a vehicle could be sourced from China and still have obtained TPP treatment. An even greater standards improvement is the requirement in the U.S.-Mexico deal for $16 an hour pay for 45 percent of auto-production content and 40 percent of auto parts content; that’s about four times what Mexican auto parts workers currently make and...
  • On NAFTA, Canadians wonder if they’ve been outmaneuvered by Trump

    08/29/2018 7:31:51 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 103 replies
    WaPo ^ | 29 Aug 2018 | Alan Freeman
    OTTAWA — Shortly after his election in late 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared “Canada is back,” promising a renewed Canadian presence on the world stage. Trudeau has taken political hits since then for minor lapses, such as a luxury family holiday visit to a Caribbean island and an ill-fated trip to India, but his biggest challenge, just a year before Canadians go to the polls, has come from the leader of Canada’s longtime military ally and economic partner. Now, Canadians worried that their government has been sidelined in crucial trade talks and may be forced to back down on...