Stephen Harper Just Backstabbed Canada – And Canadians Are PISSED
In a memo called “Napping on NAFTA”, Harper criticized the government for insisting on key elements of a renegotiated NAFTA, like a fair deal for Canadian workers and modern environmental protections.
Harper also indicated that “it does not matter whether current American proposals are worse than what we have now,” suggesting that Canada should roll over and accept whatever Trump demands.
Harper even attacked Canada’s insistence that NAFTA include provisions on labour, gender, aboriginal and environmental issues.
This follows an event he attended with renowned Trump-supporter Newt Gingrich where he also threw Canada under the bus.
(Harper) said he wanted to avoid opining too much on current politics, so he declined to discuss possible solutions to these problems. He also declined an interview request. He offered one piece of advice, albeit in vague terms: He urged other parties to try seeing the issue through the U.S. government’s eyes, and finding solutions it can sell.
Source: CBC News, Stephen Harper offers a gloomy take on the state of international trade, NAFTA – Oct 11, 2017
Needless to say, Canadians are pissed.
Stephen Lautens points out that Harper is essentially calling for Canada to sell out Mexico, unions and the environment. So basically what Harper did as Prime Minister.
Shorter Harper on NAFTA: accept a bad deal if necessary, sell out Mexico, unions & the environment. https://t.co/LTLm47rgGd
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) October 28, 2017
— HaikuPat (@HaikuVikingGal) October 28, 2017
Mike Gibbs says it perfectly – you don’t see any other leader attacking Trudeau. Why? Because it’s the wrong thing to do.
Did you ever hear Jean Chretien say “Oh my God Stephen Harper is blowing these trade negotiations, he should do X.” NO. YOU. DIDN’T.
— Mike Gibbs ???? (@Mikeggibbs) October 28, 2017
.@stephenharper GET OUT OF OUR POLITICS! YOU LOST in case you don’t remember. YOU tried to turn Canada into the Trumpster fire! Just Go away
— Great Expectations (@7699kitty) October 27, 2017
Hopefully Stephen Harper gets the message – ex-Canadian Prime Ministers don’t backstab Canada.