Trudeau’s claim of victory in trade deal is hollow – Canada was played – by John Ivison (National Post – October 2, 2018)

We are now in a new era of managed trade, where the U.S. has the ability to cap Canada’s growth

“Today is a great day for Canada,” Justin Trudeau proclaimed, sounding like King Pyrrhus of Epirus, just after he lost the bulk of his army in battle against the Romans. As with Pyrrhus, another victory like today and we will be utterly ruined.

Trudeau claimed the trade deal signed with the Americans and the Mexicans will prove good for workers, businesses and families – that it removes uncertainty for manufacturers and improves labour rights across North America.

He’s right that the unpredictability of the situation has been eased and the threat of punishing auto tariffs removed – for now. The widespread sense of relief, if it endures, could help propel him back into power next year.

But to trumpet the agreement as the result of some kind of grand strategic vision – “we are on the right track and we didn’t get here by accident” – is to fundamentally misrepresent what has just happened.

Trudeau talked about a free trade network now in place “from Singapore to Kiev”, helping to push merchandise trade to the highest levels in history. But, not to put too fine a point on it, Canada has been played.

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