Sunday, September 10, 2017


“If we don’t secure an agreement on the fundamentals of trade to insure that the hundreds of thousands of jobs in Canada are maintained and enhanced, we then can’t work on the extra items that are also important like environmental issues. The priority needs to be on jobs,” O’Toole said.
He suggested the “extra” chapters be negotiated after the big things are settled.
“Many of them [the priorities] aren’t related to trade, they’re not related to market access… that has to be the focus here. Many of them are signature pieces for Mr. Trudeau from his campaign, but that has to be secondary to the jobs that we need to keep from NAFTA,” he said.
McKenna called this suggestion “crazy,” because “the key priorities are the same. The environment is the economy.”

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