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Ottawa Warned Free Trade Talks With China Risk Hurting Canada-U.S. Relationship

Posted October 27, 2017

(Katie Simpson – CBC News)

The federal government is being warned that its relationship with the United States could be in jeopardy if Canada engages in free trade talks with China.

Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, who is also member of the federal government’s hand-picked NAFTA council, says entering into formal free trade discussions with the Chinese would give President Donald Trump ammunition to launch verbal attacks against Canada and NAFTA.

“President Trump has made it very clear he has an antagonistic view of China,” Moore told reporters following a panel discussion on NAFTA in Ottawa.

“Canada runs the risk of providing Donald Trump with an argument to say that Canada can’t be trusted, because we will have cheap Chinese goods that violate labour standards,” Moore said. Click here to read more.

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