Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn
It sure looks like Canada is getting shut out of NAFTA which is ironic seeing as it came into being in the first place when Canada and the US invited Mexico to join the free trade deal in the first place. Maybe, with an unstable regime colluding with another unstable regime, we would be wise to look elsewhere in the world for our long term trade relationships.
Trading with the US has the advantage of lower transportation costs compared to Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. But in the end, the US has to want to trade with us too. If it doesn't want to, then yeah, let's just unilaterally drop tariffs and trade with whoever wants to trade with us.
Quote: Originally Posted by Johnnny
Canada needs to focus on Canada and quit focusing on other countries.
Like it or not, Canadian consumers need access to foreign markets to access the goods we need. The Canadian population is too small for Canadian businesses to produce everything we need in small quantities in any efficient manner. It's preferable for Canadian businesses to do what they do best and export it and Canadian consumers import the best products from around the world. Businesses depend on economies of scale to keep prices low. With Canada's small economy, we can achieve that only through free trade.