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Canada Must Begin Formal Trade Talks With China This Year, Former Ambassador Says

Posted April 10, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Steven Chase & Robert Fife – Globe & Mail)

Canada’s former ambassador to China says he believes the two countries must begin formal trade negotiations this year so that the question of whether to deepen economic ties to Beijing does not get tangled up in next year’s expected federal election.

The Trudeau government has been trying to launch formal free-trade negotiations with China but the Opposition Conservatives have come out against the effort. Official Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer has said now is not the time to sign a trade deal with China, citing Beijing’s heavy intervention in the economy as one reason.

A federal Canadian election is expected by the fall of 2019 – four years after the Liberals won power – and the question of whether Canada should draw closer to China under the authoritarian administration of President Xi Jinping could very well crop up on the political campaign trail. Click here to read more.

Related: Alberta Keen on Canada-China Free Trade Deal, Says Bilous (Calgary Herald)