Friday, March 28, 2008

Ian Brodie Could Not Be Reached For Comment

Clinton ready to walk away from NAFTA, adviser warns



  • Canada needs to start asserting itself in the energy fields. We have the man-power, technology and resources to start telling future political leaders in the U.S. that if they want to open the Nafta doors, we're ready to start asking for some serious $$$ for our oil and energy. You know, because if they don't like us, they can always get it from their friends like Hugo Chavez.... not!

    Somebody better tell Clinton that it was her HUSBAND who got NAFTA through congress..... GEEZ!

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 12:47 p.m.  

  • "However, blaming trade deals for Pennsylvania's economic woes could backfire, drawing away support from upper-income knowledge workers. As The Washington Post has observed, Pennsylvania's economy is actually doing quite well, with unemployment at 4.9 per cent, thanks to burgeoning growth in robotics and other high-tech industries, which have brought 178,000 new jobs to Pennsylvania in the past five years."

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:50 p.m.  

  • It strikes me as odd that rising unemployment 15 years (15 years featuring strong economic growth and some of the lowest unemployment rates in US history) after the signing of a trade deal would be the result of that trade deal... yet folks down here in Yankee-land assume that to be the case.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 2:27 p.m.  

  • Waaah, waaah, Canadian Liberals sell Canada out and now feel betrayed that their co-conspirators in the US are finally admitting it.

    And Canadian Liberals wonder why they are increasingly irrelevant.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:36 p.m.  

  • This has almost nothing to do with Canada. They are targeting the maquiladoras in the Mexican border towns that employ people for pennies per hour.

    I suppose even if NAFTA were repealed the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1988 would still be in place.

    And anonymous, NAFTA was pushed by Mulroney's initially.

    By Blogger toujoursdan, at 2:40 p.m.  

  • // NAFTA was pushed by Mulroney's initially.//

    Nope. Pierre Trudeau commissioned a Royal Commission headed by Don MacDonald.

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 8:41 p.m.  

  • “Nope. Pierre Trudeau commissioned a Royal Commission headed by Don MacDonald.”

    To be more accurate, Trudeau appointed the MacDonald Commission (The Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada) after the 1981-2 recession. The Commission held a large number of hearings and made its recommendations three years later.

    The new PM (Mulroney) chose to champion one particular recommendation.

    “The most immediate impact of the commission was to give greater legitimacy and momentum to the argument for free trade with the US, and the new prime minister, Brian Mulroney, initiated trade negotiations with the American administration shortly after receiving the report. There was never any co-ordinated government response to the other recommendations, although the commission's thinking was undoubtedly absorbed in the ongoing debate in many policy sectors. Author KEITH G. BANTING”

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:33 a.m.  

  • If the Dems do decide to renegotiate NAFTA, it won't make any difference whether its the Libs or Cons in power here. Any hope that the Dion Libs might have a backbone and be less Vichy than the Harper crew was extinguished with the Orchard fiasco. The Liberals would rather lose a seat than let a fair contest occur where one MP might be elected who would want to renegotiate NAFTA. Harper is obviously not to be trusted but Dion would let Clinton's team get whatever concessions it wants.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 a.m.  

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