As Canada’s Prime Minister continues a South American business trip, he’s finding it hard to dodge questions about comments he made towards opening new talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Justin Trudeau, facing reporters on Friday, downplayed opposition criticism about his conversation with U-S president-elect Donald Trump and his willingness to re-open NAFTA.
Both the Conservatives and NDP are concerned that if the P.M. is open to potentially changing NAFTA, what else might he be open to discussing?
Trudeau, attending a luncheon given by the Argentina-Canada Chamber of Commerce, attempted disarm critics by saying discussions are all part of his leadership style.
“When I say that I’m open to talking about NAFTA, open to talking about trade deals, that’s the way I govern,” said Trudeau. “I’m always open to talking about whatver people want to talk about.”
Trudeau went on to say that he believes Trump’s tough-talking on NAFTA may become more moderate, once he steps into the White House.
During his run to the presidency, Republican Trump vowed he would seek a better free-trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and that if he did get it, he would withdraw from the agreement.
There may be still hope for a beneficial trade deal between the P.M. and President, considering that China and Mexico were Trump’s primary trade targets during his campaign. Canada got little didn’t get a mention during rallies against trade deficits.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 17, 2016