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‘Time of Rhetoric’ on NAFTA is Over: David MacNaughton

Posted February 06, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Amanda Connolly – Global News)

The time for bluster and bombast over the future of NAFTA is over, and talks must now focus on finding a way forward, and not on who can score the greatest win.

That was the message Canadian ambassador David MacNaughton brought to a meeting of the Energy Council of Canada on Monday, where both he and his American counterpart delivered remarks focused on the energy relationship between Canada and the United States.

Both, however, offered notable differences in their focus.

MacNaughton largely focused on the need for collaboration and cooperation with community members when considering energy projects and the building of infrastructure such as pipelines. He also waded more broadly into the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA. He called for an end to bravado in discussions over the 24-year-old continental free trade deal. Click here to read more.