Critics of the Federal government are accusing them of political gamesmanship in walking away from the negotiating table for a Canada/ EU Trade deal.
That may be true, but the Opposition Parties criticism is tinged with a healthy dose of political hypocrisy as well.
The NDP want the government to return to the table and accept the unrealistic demands of Belgium to make the deal work.
The problem is, the NDP have already declared that they oppose such international trade deals, so even if the government were to follow the NDP’s misguided advice, they’d likely vote against the deal anyway.
The Conservatives have also chastised the government for walking away from the table, but let’s not forget that the Conservatives have already complained that Canada has already given up too much in the negotiations.
Besides, many Canadians are still wary of the previous Conservative government’s propensity for rushing into trade deals like the Canada / EU and TPP proposals before we had all the facts.
Canada needs to negotiate trade deals to keep our economy healthy, but not at any cost.
Walking away from the table doesn’t mean ‘never, it means not this time and not this way.
And that may be Canada’s best strategy at this point.