Andrew Scheer on Revamped NAFTA Deal: 'I Would Have Signed a Better One'

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Andrew Scheer on Revamped NAFTA Deal: 'I Would Have Signed a Better One'


Bronskill, Jim, The Canadian Press


Scheer says he would've done better on NAFTA

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OTTAWA - Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is opening a new front in his party's fight against the revamped NAFTA deal, saying he would have done better than Justin Trudeau.

The United States is measuring its success in the newly revised North American Free Trade Agreement by what it gained, Scheer tweeted Sunday. The Liberal government, on the other hand, is defining its achievement by what it didn't give up.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland swiftly fired back, accusing the Opposition leader of showing "a lot of Monday morning courage."

Scheer's broadside comes as Parliament prepares to resume sitting after the Thanksgiving break, offering a glimpse of how the Conservatives will try to persuade the public they could have wrested a superior deal from the Trump administration.

Scheer argues his party would not have had to sign the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because it would have negotiated a more attractive one for Canadians.

"Would I have signed this deal?" Scheer asked in his tweet. "I would have signed a better one."

He offered no details about those improvements, and his spokesman indicated he was not immediately available for an interview, having just returned from a trip to India to promote trade with Canada.

However, Scheer has accused the Liberals of gaining no new ground in the USMCA deal and making concessions in the auto, dairy and pharmaceutical sectors.

The pact's ink was barely dry when the Conservatives began portraying the Liberal performance at the negotiating table as a fumbling misplay that will cost Canadian businesses, consumers and workers. …

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