Conservatives not to blame for jeopardizing NAFTA negotiations

“Dangerous game #CPC is playing. Cda-US relationship should be above domestic politics. We should all be on the same team focused on trade.” Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

It’s a bit rich for the Liberal government to blame Conservative MPs for jeopardizing NAFTA negotiations by talking about Omar Khadr in the United States.

The prime minister says we should be presenting a united front, the environment minister says it’s irresponsible and millions of jobs are at stake.

I’m not a big fan of taking our internal political debates across the border. I wonder why Peter Kent, for example, wrote a column about the Khadr settlement for the Wall Street Journal rather than the Globe and Mail, where it would have been seen by more Canadians. I’m not sure why it’s so important to the Conservatives that they get media attention in the US.

And I also doubt whether American trade negotiators really care about Omar Khadr, although anything is possible in the current political climate in the US. But if there’s any fallout from the Khadr settlement in the United States, it’s the responsibility of the Liberals for cutting the deal, not the Conservatives for criticizing it.

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