Even with tensions simmering between the U.S. and Canada, Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned immediately the 2 international locations will continue to negotiate NAFTA through the summer.
Freeland capped off a short journey to Washington with a gathering with United States Commerce Consultant Robert Lighthizer this morning. She mentioned the 2 agreed to continue NAFTA negotiations with Mexico this summer, regardless of a looming election in that nation, however did not set any dates.
The morning assembly got here after Freeland delivered a significant overseas coverage speech after receiving Overseas Coverage journal’s Diplomat of the Yr award.
The speech provided a strongly-worded defence of the worldwide rules-based system that the U.S. helped create after the Second World Struggle, and held on to in the course of the Chilly Struggle.
“Everyone knows we might be strongest with America in our ranks — and certainly within the lead,” she instructed the gang of diplomats and teachers. “However no matter this nice nation’s alternative will end up to be, let me be clear that Canada is aware of the place it stands.”
The Trudeau authorities has brazenly mentioned the Canada-U.S. relationship reached a turning level when U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian metal and aluminum, citing nationwide safety causes as justification. Trump and two of his prime advisers additionally launched an unprecedented volley of insults towards Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for attacking the tariffs on the weekend G7 summit in Quebec.
Freeland tried to rebut reporters who requested if her speech was geared toward Trump — and whether or not Canada feared additional repercussions from the Trump White Home due to it.
“Why I mentioned the issues I mentioned yesterday was liberal democracy is beneath assault proper now and authoritarianism is on the march,” Freeland instructed reporters the morning after her speech.
Pointing to her favorite line in William Butler Yeats’s 1920 poem The Second Coming — ‘The very best lack all conviction, whereas the worst; Are filled with passionate depth’ — Freeland mentioned it is time to arise.
“I imagine very strongly that it can be crucial for these of us who imagine in liberal democracy — and I believe that features the overwhelming majority of Canadians — for us to strike again,” she mentioned.
The Canadian minister mentioned she gave a model of her speech to Lighthizer.