Sometimes governments talk tough when they are tough. But sometimes they do it to distract attention when they are preparing to cede ground, writes Thomas Walkom.
Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, left, Canada's Minister of Foriegn Affairs Chrystia Freeland, centre, and U.S. ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, right, give a joint statement on Sept. 27, 2017 at the end of the third round of negotiations to rework NAFTA. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Canada seems to be quietly backing down on the North American Free Trade Agreement. It is now willing to bargain U.S. demands that the Liberal government had formerly dismissed as deal-breakers.
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Climate change played a prominent role in the Speech from the Throne last week, as Governor General Julie Payette says the government's promise to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is 'ambitious, but necessary.'
Andrew Scheer ‘needs to demonstrate very quickly that he can garner the overwhelming backing of the party to move forward, or for the good of the party, he should step down,’ a Conservative MP told The Hill Times.
The leaders of the Senate agreed to give the upstart Canadian Senators Group cash to operate in the coming months, but were divided over floating the Progressive Senate Group after it lost official status.
'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'