Kenora MP Bob Nault is hoping to keep emotions out of politics, when it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Nault, the Chair of Canada’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has recently returned from a trip to Mexico City, New York City and Washington as he led an all-party delegation of parliamentary representatives to speak with politicians about NAFTA.
Canada is currently in the midst of negotiations with the United States and Mexico to work on modernizing the agreement. Nault noted that the talks will continue to be difficult and lengthy, but Canada will remain steadfast in securing a fair agreement to promote economic growth, and defend the best interests of Canadians.
“Simply put, NAFTA is a business deal and we have to keep emotions out of it,” said Nault. “We have to negotiate aggressively, and push back when necessary, while being mindful that there are a variety of politics at play in our partner countries. It’s clear that we all agree that NAFTA needs to be modernized; however I believe that we don’t have to rush just to try and get a deal. It’s also my view that if one party has a winner-take-all attitude then it's not going to work. I can assure you that Canada remains committed to reaching an agreement this is good for our country, for our businesses, and for long-term stable economic growth,” he said.
Nault noted that when speaking with members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators in Washington, that the political landscape has changed. He says that the landscape has become difficult, citing that politicians in the area are also dealing special investigations, tax reforms, tense relationships with foreign countries, and multiple crisis situations.
Nault says that he believes that many Washington representatives do not view the NAFTA situation as a crisis yet, and that they are more focused on domestic matters.
“NAFTA isn’t the top priority for them. Tax reforms have been the issue. Drama surrounding the election and the Russians as well. NAFTA is not the priority. Right now, it’s basically business as usual in Washington, DC. What we did learn from the Mexicans, is that they are very concerned with what President Trump’s approach is when it comes to Mexico, and some of the things that he’s been saying,” he said.
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