Canada’s NAFTA stance on culture is all about politics, not policy

The exemption Canada negotiated for cultural industries in its first free trade agreement with the United States still haunts the renegotiation of NAFTA three decades later.

But is this perennial “red line” for Canadian trade negotiators smart policy, or just smart politics?

“It is inconceivable to Canadians that an American network might buy Canadian media affiliates, whether it’s newspapers or TV stations or TV networks,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters last week, as his officials began briefing journalists on how the Americans weren’t prepared to sign off on the status quo.

This is just BS. Trudeau is wrapping himself in the flag to defend his failure against “Mean Old Trump” and to appeal to the “culturati” who suck our tax dollars. Face saving and votes is what it’s all about. Lipstick on a pig is more like it.