July 19, 2018

Trump hints at a NAFTA without Canada — but Trudeau remains in denial

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(David Menzies guest hosts for Ezra Levant...)

Is it game over for the North American Free Trade Agreement? At least when it comes to NAFTA Classic?

Well, it kinda looks that way. After all, just check out what President Donald Trump said yesterday. Namely, that the U.S. might just hammer out a separate trade deal with Mexico and that discussions with his Mexican counterpart are going quite well.

There certainly doesn’t seem to be any urgency for Trump to get a deal done with Ottawa, though. But Trudeau says he’s still “optimistic” about a new NAFTA deal being reached.

Based on what exactly?

The fallout from an impending trade war between Canada and the U.S. won’t just mean higher consumer prices. It might just grease the wheels for an all-out recession, according to a report by Scotiabank.

And the real tragedy is it didn’t have to be this way:

If only our virtue-signalling Prime Minister could’ve kept his mouth shut, or negotiated in good faith.

Mexico and the U.S. remain engaged in cordial talks en route to a free trade deal, but it would appear that Canada is on the outside looking in...

NEXT: I'm joined by our Alberta Bureau Chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, to examine exactly how Trudeau managed to screw up NAFTA.

THEN: Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington tells me what to expect now that former Toronto chief of police Bill Blair is now the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.

FINALLY: Your letters!

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commented 2018-07-22 21:00:09 -0400
I agree…Devon Wesley…
commented 2018-07-22 20:46:58 -0400
Great show as always, but I have a bone to pick with Joe Warmington’s statements regarding marijuana. First off, if the government truly did deem it to be “ok” to smoke weed they could show that by simply legalizing it. Instead, they have decided that it is only “ok” to smoke weed if they can get their hands on some of the cash involved in the sale of it. This is not the same thing. The government considers bananas to be “ok”. Sure the government gets some kickbacks from the sale of bananas, but not in the form of upfront insurance and security payments that are required to obtain a license. This is simply the government taking notice of a viable market and using their monopoly on coercive force to snuff out their legitimate competition on the free market in the event that they cannot compete. Of course this can be covered up with rhetoric such as, “they don’t follow health and safety protocol” or whatever. (Aka. business is more efficient with less red tape.) The truth is, the problem is that the illegal drug dealers are simply too hard to compete with, so the government will use armed police officers to snuff them out. It’s the same thing that the mob does to its rivals.

As for the theory that some 50 year old man wanting to try weed for the first time and suffering some kind of catastrophe as a result… come on; that’s fear mongering propaganda. It’s totally baseless. It takes away agency from the man and assumes that he needs the nanny state to tell him what is safe from what is reckless. It is just as stupid and irresponsible for him to smoke weed and drive as it is to drink and drive and everybody knows that. Taking away agency from people and expecting the government to step in and fix these types of problems is a step in the wrong direction. I think freedom lovers everywhere can agree on that.
commented 2018-07-21 09:56:42 -0400
Justin Trudeau formed a gender balanced cabinet (50% female, 50% male) after gracing us with his majority win in 2015. Why? Because it was 2015, you fools! Justin is so deep, so profound; certainly a “progressive feminist” man ahead of his time and worthy of everyone’s emulation.

But alas, times change and it is distressing to hear David Menzies inform us that the new cabinet has eighteen men, but only seventeen women. What went wrong? These Grits, exemplary fiscal managers that they are, can’t add another female, thereby evening the score, because this means extra salaries for the minister, her entourage, and employees required for her department.

By the same token, Trudeau can’t drop one of his eighteen males because this means a loss of self-esteem for the demotee, who will no longer feel good about himself.

What to do? Perhaps one of the eighteen men can suddenly declare himself “gender fluid”. He (?) can identify as male one day and female the next. One day, females lead 18-17 while males lead by the same margin the next day. In essence, this minister rotates genders on a daily basis to best ensure “fairness”.

A second solution is for one of the eighteen hitherto males to declare himself (?) neither male nor female. He (?) can invent a name for his (?) third gender or, absent this, we can list him (?) as “other”, at least until such time as another name is created.

We then return to gender parity with seventeen women, seventeen men, and one “other”. One risk is that a critical mass of “others” may someday decide that they are unfairly represented owing to “systemic” bigotry and demand redress. Of course, this is another problem for another day and a bridge to be crossed only when/if it becomes imperative.

Kris Larsen
Halifax, NS
commented 2018-07-19 23:15:49 -0400
Sheila, why didn’t you mention Stephan Harper?
TruDope couldn’t organize an orgy in a whore house & Bill Blair couldn’t protect a dead chicken! – & we allow the bastard son of Fidel Castro to run Canada
WOW!? What a leap into the abyss!
Canadians be warned! – Black market pot is still going to undercut the “gobbermint” pot prices! lmfao!!
commented 2018-07-19 22:45:08 -0400
I don’t ever want to see that clip of Freeland embarrassing herself and Canadians, ever again.
commented 2018-07-19 22:41:35 -0400
Horrible as the next year and a bit will be with no deal, I don’t want any gender bull in any nafta deal, not to mention the other idiocy Justin would stick in there. I think Trump will wait until after an election in hopes Justin is gone. Justin’s nonsense, is whats insulting to Canadians.
I think Peter Navarro has Justin’s number exactly.
commented 2018-07-19 21:35:45 -0400
Stephen Hicken said " When the cartels come up from South America this will be a very dangerous country."
They will have a choice of entry places, Quebec or Manitoba. No ID required. Soon Bill Blair will announce that they can vote after 1 crime-free week in Canada.
commented 2018-07-19 21:13:05 -0400
- “We’ll negotiate with Canada at a later time” – like after the election in 2019. Trump prefers to negotiate trade agreements individually. Mexico is cooperating, Canada is being run by an idiot man-child. Trudeau just talks without actually thinking things through at all.

- Canada wasn’t on Trumps radar when it came to trade. He was interested in dealing with trade imbalances with China, Mexico & the EU. Trudeau is only interested in getting a pat on the back from his fellow globalists. He won’t be hurt by this, only the little people will.

- Minister for Border Security? I thought everything was supposed to be A-Okay at the open border. So now the Liberals are set to make a disaster of their signature issue – legal pot. Anyone can just walk across the border but they’re going to control the flow of drugs? The Trudeau cabinet shuffle is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
commented 2018-07-19 21:09:12 -0400
When the cartels come up from South America this will be a very dangerous country. They will want total control and they don’t care who gets killed. Police Mayors members of the govt. or the ordinary citizen. The gloves come off when they arrive. And they are ruthless!
commented 2018-07-19 20:50:36 -0400
Menzies, you have the 25% Car Tariffs backwards. Trump may put a 25% Tariff on Vehicles made in Canada, coming into the US., adding a large cost for Americans who will then NOT BUY these expensive vehicles. They will then buy the vehicles made in the US. Canada will therefore lose 1 million car sales, putting the Ontario Car Factories out of business, plus all of the suppliers of these car manufacturers. The total job loss is 160,000 , putting Canada into Recession along with a 61 cent dollar. Thank You Justin voters.
commented 2018-07-19 20:38:39 -0400
It’s ironic that Trudeau was insisting on a tri-lateral deal with Mexico. Now it appears Mexico is throwing Trudeau under the bus to get a bi-lateral deal with Trump.
Sunny ways.
commented 2018-07-19 20:31:48 -0400
Alberta needs to make its own deal with the US.
commented 2018-07-19 20:20:29 -0400
Oh please, Trump is not going to negotiate anything with Mexico, as long as he wants them to pay for the wall.