Tradelines News

Get the latest news and updates on cross-border customs and international trade.

Ex-PM Stephen Harper Pens Memo Slamming Trudeau Government Over NAFTA Talks

Posted October 30, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Stephen Harper has come out against his successor’s handling of NAFTA negotiations with the United States, with the former prime minister declaring the negotiations in real peril in a memo titled, “Napping on NAFTA.”

The memo was obtained by The Canadian Press and it criticizes the Trudeau government in several areas: For too quickly rejecting U.S. proposals, for insisting on negotiating alongside Mexico, and for promoting progressive priorities like labour, gender, Aboriginal and environmental issues.

The former prime minister says he was worried by what he heard during a recent trip to Washington, where he discussed NAFTA at an event but did not publicly share his misgivings about the Trudeau government. Click here to read more.

Related: Harper NAFTA Memo Should Be a Wake-Up (Postmedia)