John Ivison: U.S. cites Trudeau’s progressive trade agenda as barrier to progress on NAFTA

Justin Trudeau’s “progressive” trade agenda — the insistence on including gender parity and Aboriginal issues in trade negotiations with the United States — is being cited as a barrier to progress by senior figures in the U.S. administration, according to people familiar with the matter.

Donald Trump’s top dealmakers are said to be complaining that Canada is not negotiating and that, in the event of a collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a bilateral deal with Mexico might be easier than one with Canada because it is willing to be flexible on U.S. content requirements.

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    Transbutterfly rights matter.

    • You killed NAFTA!

      • The Buddhist Butterfly

        Where do I pick up my prize?

      • Alain


  • Spatchcocked

    Butts and Freeland……..Canada’s brain trust…….hard nosed hard hitting sons of guns ain’t gonna be treated like a shithole country.

    If they can just hang on till Oprah is elected president!

  • occupant 9

    Trump is inadvertently saving prolonging this geopolitical existence called “Canada” by killing bad trade deals.

  • Liberal Progressive

    But what is the point of a trade deal if you can’t force the other countries to abide by our beliefs on transgender rights and stopping man-made Global Warming?

    • Clausewitz
    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      I almost quipped “go try selling that nonsense to the ChiComs, and tell me how far you get” until I realised Justin Trudeau did exactly that and… well, I’m sorry Canada.

    • deplorabledave


      Deadpan, dry humor or dry wit describes the deliberate display of a lack of or no emotion, commonly as a form of comedic delivery to contrast with the ridiculousness of the subject matter. The delivery is meant to be blunt, ironic, laconic, or apparently unintentional.


  • Tooth&Claw

    Good. Metaphorically speaking Trump needs to kick Trudope in the nads to get the slack jawed, delusional, dauphin’s attention. It’s gonna hurt us all is the downside. However, short term pain, long term gain is something I’d prefer over a long swirl down the toilet bowl.

    • shasta

      “Metaphorically speaking”
      It would be preferable if he, in reality, kicked him “in the nads”. With extreme prejudice I might add.

  • JPfromtheeast

    If NAFTA dies, the Canadian economy will go into depression and the Liberals will never win an election for half a century. I say let it die if it guarantees the removal of these criminals from power…

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      I will try to send some of you food!
      “For only a dollar a day, you can help feed a starving Canadian child…”

      • Alain


    • Lightstream

      I figured it was dead from the get-go when I saw what Trudeau was including in it. No way would any country accept labor safeguards, environmental demands, climate change, gender and aboriginal rights in a free trade deal. In fact, I thought, “What do those demands have to do with free trade?”.
      Doesn’t surprise me in the least that the United States would balk at those demands.

  • moraywatson

    Don’t worry. With Prime Minister Socks in charge the budget will balance itself, insha’allah.

  • barryjr

    Toss out the social issues and the global warming bullshit and do some real negotiating. While we’re at it the Yanks can stuff their demand of no article 19, no trade agreement can survive without some sort of dispute resolution mechanism in place.