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Stephen Harper Offers a Gloomy Take on the State of International Trade, NAFTA

Posted October 12, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Stephen Harper broke his public silence on current events by offering a gloomy assessment on the state of international trade, describing anti-trade sentiment in the U.S. as a long-term problem that predates the Trump administration, that lacks an easy fix, and could well result in the end of NAFTA.

Harper stepped into the role of political analyst during a panel discussion in Washington with a coincidence of timing that bordered on the surreal Wednesday. At the very same moment, Harper’s successor, Justin Trudeau, happened to be a few blocks away at the White House, discussing the North American Free Trade Agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump himself.

Powerful anti-trade forces that extend beyond Trump’s presidency are at play in American society and aren’t going away any time soon, said the former Conservative leader, who’s an ardent free trader. Click here to read more.

Related: Stephen Harper Convinced Trump Not Bluffing About Pulling the Plug on NAFTA (CP)