It looks like Justin Trudeau will come home from China empty handed in what may be yet another abject failure to secure a trade deal as promised by the Canadian government.
Perhaps given our track record on prior trade negotiations, Canadians should have expected failure.
After all our International trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, famously broke down in tears when trade negotiations stalled with the EU, and now NAFTA negotiations are going very poorly by all accounts.
Trudeau had intended to enlist China as a buffer with the US and President Trump in our NAFTA talks, but it’s becoming increasingly clear, even within Canada's Media Party, just how inept the Trudeau Liberals are at negotiating trade deals.
To be fair, the trip isn't over yet, but the headlines from the first two days are awful with no deal so far, and no Canadian prisoners released either.
Barring a last minute deal, should Trudeau and the Liberals return empty handed, the pressure to come to a deal on NAFTA will increase, and the Trump administration will know they have Canada between a rock and hard place.
Trudeau is less than two years from re-election and without any major trade wins, the Liberals may find themselves in trouble.