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‘They Don’t Want My Help’: Harper Blasts Trudeau’s NAFTA Strategy

Posted July 23, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Nicole Bibillini – Bloomberg)

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper believes the current federal government is avoiding a NAFTA deal in order to score political points, according to an audio recording obtained by CTV News.

“The reality is that the Government of Canada believes today that is it doing very well, the fight with Trump is good for it politically – it is winning,” Harper said in the recording of a speech he delivered at a private luncheon hosted by the Australia-Economic Leadership Forum in Montreal earlier this month.

“So if it can take that fight and continue it, and more importantly paint conservatives as linked to Donald Trump, this is great for them. And so right now that is the strategy they are on.”

“I think that the fact that Harper is accusing Trudeau of playing a political game – I don’t know that it’s such a bombshell, it kind of makes sense,” Jeff Weniger, asset allocation strategist at WisdomTree Asset Management, told BNN Bloomberg in an interview Friday. Click here to read more.