It’s been almost a month since the United States and Mexico announced their bilateral trade deal. Bilateral just means: two sides — the U.S. and Mexico. As in, no more three amigos.
Canada was invited to be part of the negotiations. And we were for a while. But Trudeau just wouldn’t shut up about weird stuff like feminism and global warming.
So Mexico and the U.S. met on their own. They got their deal, and Trump submitted it to Congress for their approval — and right in that letter said, Canada can join if it wants, but pretty much Trump’s fine either way.
But instead of getting serious, we’ve gotten silly.
In the last few weeks Chrystia Freeland has attended an anti-Trump rally in Toronto that labelled him a tyrant. That insanely poor decision has not gone unnoticed in the White House.
She appeared in Washington last night wearing a weird, homemade t-shirt saying she’s not chopped liver. As in, she’s not going to be pushed around.
Is it even conceivable that her U.S. negotiation counterparts would do that?
But the worse things get for Freeland, and for our NAFTA negotiators, the more our palace guard media delude themselves.
TONIGHT I'll show you just a tiny sampling of the Canadian media's fan-girl reaction to her t-shirt.
On the other hand, Doug Ford, the new premier of Ontario, is worried. His province would be hit the hardest by a failure to renew NAFTA. So he’s heading down there to see if he can help.
I haven’t seen him rant and rave at the Americans; I haven’t seen him wear an anti-Trump shirt, or attend an anti-Trump rally
And the left-wing media are roaring in disapproval, especially because Ford dined at the Trump Hotel in Washington.
Doug Ford has actually run a business. He’s done something in real life before, other than just giving pious speeches. He probably has more of a natural rapport with Trump than Chrystia Freeland and Justin Trudeau.
The fact that the left-wing media ridicule Doug Ford for even trying to get a deal — and for behaving himself, and maybe even ingratiating himself — I think he’s probably already doing better than Chrystia Freeland.
But hey: if the whole thing fails, at least she’ll have her shirt.
While 160,000 Ontario workers lose theirs...
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