Sask. premier in D.C. amid push to ratify new trade deal | Power & Politics
Sask. premier in D.C. amid push to ratify new trade deal | Power & Politics Sask. premier in D.C. amid push to ratify new trade deal | Power & PoliticsWelcome back home minister Justin, Trudeau tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum Canada’s provincial leaders, for example the US Justice cashman’s biggest Export customer hearing. I know you met with a number of different people from Congress and elsewhere. We saw that sort of decay of the meeting this morning between President Trump and the Democratic Leadership of fractious relationship having an impact on the progression of NAFTA from being able to clean, I hope not in the in the short-term or in the medium-term. Any of the meetings we had and we’ve met with a number of our Republican, as well as Democrat, Democratic senators and and House Representatives, and there is an understanding of the value of the trade relationship that we have had in North America, that the North American free Trade agreement that we’ve enjoyed over the course of the last two-and-a-half decades and there is an understanding of the overarching value of a moving forward with a modernized version of that there are some questions with respect to us. Some specifics in that agreement as we move forward, but the overarching understanding of the value of that trade relationship in the integration really of our businesses that has occurred over the last couple of decades does seem to be rising to the top here and we’re hopeful that Over over the next number of weeks in months at the house, will will look at this disagreement and ultimately, then the Senate, pics of all of this, at that they will get caught up in the politics of it all always concerned. You always concerned with respect to this agreement that and the entire Journey that we have had over the course of the lobstah or an excess of a year. Now I weigh if you go back on it was doubtful whether we would even have gotten to this conversation of having a ratification of of this type of an agreement. So we’ve been Advocates of this agreement all along the way we continue to do that.. Just today. I think the removal of the sea aluminum tariffs last week is a positive sign. There are going to be. You know pilot political conversations if he will, along the way by the feeling that we’re getting here today, though, is that the overarching value of the agreement is is I’ll, be at the short-term political disagreements, overarching value of the agreement. His is a positive is a positive step forward for both countries and we’re hopeful for ratification and all three countries about whether they would like to see the agreement or labor standards. Was there a sense that they give you a sense of whether they want to see the agreement opened up completely more to do with just questions or concerns on the clarity of up some of those parts of the agreement? And there may be answered said that that can be addressed up factually I’ll, be able to move forward with the current form, how you know the Environmental Kennedy that we have with an agreement like this is what is really, I guess the opportunity is for us to Continue to share the the story of, but not only the integration of our Industries across the border, but the the environmental impact of Pi positively of the Indus that we have when you compare them to their to their competitors around the world. And we need to continue to communicate that with all it with all involved. You’Ve heard the steel industry, the agricultural industry, as well as our our Mining and energy Industries, are among the most animal in the world in North America are integrated across the border and we need to continue to recognize that night. I think there is a an impending recognition of that here with the people we’ve discussed today, but we would hope that we would see a ratification now over the course of the next few months here in in in all three countries are, quite frankly that we’ve been A proponent of this conversation from day one – and we continue to be an advocate for the usmca agreement today, so we’re looking forward to some some activity over the course of the next few months. Obviously, here in Washington, it’ll go through the house process and then the Senate, absolutely no consequences on the American process might turn off. The Democrats, who want to see more things, negotiated Rizzo stepping forward out to ratify an agreement that, at times, I think, Infernus we’ve taken for granted over the course. Of course, the last two-and-a-half decades and we shouldn’t our our Industries – are – are integrated across the border and we should give them every opportunity to get need to grow, are benefitting or benefiting communities and people on both sides of our our 49th parallel. I’M wondering if you heard any part of up, for example, of some story, drawing up at Imports destroy drying up. Are you hearing anything in addition to what we already knew about canola or other other cross turn on with some of the the industry, people that are involved specifically with the canola market, I’ll be looking forward to them, as we’ve been talking all along through this? This protest, you know the fact of the matter is we we need to do everything other weekend to preserve our Market access in all of our markets, a u.s. being our largest market were advocating with respect to that today, China, from Saskatchewan perspective, is our second largest Market India has a large and important Market to the province of Saskatchewan and we need to continue to advocate for our Market access in all of those markets and then particular in China that that means archinal access, Stephen McNeil, recently got back from a trip to tan. Are you considering going opportunity to file some submissions, but we haven’t done it as on her own to this point, what we’ve been doing is working quite closely with our minister of trade or Minister Minister car, as well as a minister freeland’s office, to be part of Any scientific delegation that may or may not attend, but at some point in time I we do need to have people on the ground in China. Engaging one way to bring that process along is to have the appointment of an ambassador permanent Ambassador in that nation and we’d be looking forward to that happening in the near future as well answer with respect to the Visa applications that are being granted not granted. Are you trying to go with our federal government is the course of action? Is a move along and saying that it is time for us to continually and I’ve. I’Ve said this: we continually need to be firm with our with our conversations that we’re having with a very large trading partner, how we need to continue to ensure we’re doing everything we can to a appointment Ambassador and be to have a delegation on the ground. So we can actually have some meaningful engagement with what has been traditionally a reasonably a reasonably valued the trade partner for our nation and our Province. So far, her counterpart can’t get a response to that either. So what would hold you back from going my personal application as yet, as we have been working with the federal government? That’S not to say that we won’t be making an application for for a political political. at some point in time I was there last fall and we have a number of missions plan that to engage with with other markets as well over the months ahead and leave We’Re working with the federal government on some of those is as well as some of those we are going on our own today, when working with the federal government on any mission that would would Landon in China, but that’s not to say that we wouldn’t make an Application on her own at some point message I want to give you today, is that we are strong promoters of free-trade, especially with United States, and I must say that self-inflicted wounds I’ve been caused recently. The renegotiation of NAFTA has been A1 long trip to the dentist. That’S promoting free trade between his province in the US getting the new NAFTA pass. This heat reference has already being a very process and while Canada may be on board today, the u.s. president refuse to be with his Congressional counterparts over other issues. But Simon is associate director for the center for trade policy studies of the Cato Institute. He joins us now from Washington to see you again vacations unless they were to drop their call for investigation into his actions. Do you think that would have any kind of potential impact on stalks we’re not as concerned, but I seem to me more like high-level, Bluster and negotiating tactics, and I think that behind-the-scenes there are members of Congress and their staff talking to people at the US trade Representative’S office, about substantive differences, that Democrats in Congress have with the Trump Administration on NAFTA usmca, and I would focus more not that their believe so we know what’s going on, but those talks set the Pelosi. I mean that that that’s great it’s it’s a great soap. Opera we have going on now, but I think that the behind-the-scenes work is probably more important for for nap to Future. What the discussions are like between the ustr and Democrat. The only thing that I’ve read our reports that specific members of Congress have been for designated, as you know that the ones responsible for talking to White about specific issues. But I have not seen any sort of details about the progress. How far they’ve gotten on specific issues like labor or enforcement? Just that there’s been? You know that reports that the talks have started and ran. I don’t have a sense of how far they’ve gotten or how long it will take to get into some of the issues right now, pharmacare, we know already of course.. I Nancy Pelosi talk about environmental standards and labor protections. What’S her with labor, what is the main issue for? The Democrats? Are trade with with Mexico a developing country with lower wages, weaker labor standards makes them nervous. They worry about lost jobs, they they they feel like. They were told in the original NASA that there would be enforceable, labor Provisions but didn’t work out. So they want to be sure that what’s in the usmca blachley accomplished what they say they want to accomplish, which is improving Mexico’s labor situation and, as I’m sure you know that there’s been progress in in Mexican Congress in for adopting labor reforms, but they say that’s. We need to verify that this will actually be implemented properly, sitters looking for more assurance, that usmca does in fact lead to higher labor standards in Mexico that sort of relevant for US policy also for any policy. If you can imagine that what the house Democrats concerned, it is really about our own flexibility here to to loosen restrictions on this particular pharmaceutical Pattinson question. If we commit and International Trade Agreement to have a term of a certain length will, then we can’t reduce it if we would like to later so it is much about policy. I think, as it is about what happens it in Canada or Mexico. For the house Democrats, what Democrats talk about enforcement? I’M not exactly sure what they mean. Sometimes one key issue with the NAFTA had been the ability of governments to block the establishment of a panel to hear a dispute. It doesn’t look to me. Usmca fix that problem completely though there were some changes made by I’m, not sure it fixes it, and so Democrats are so worried about that. You’Ll have that problem been fixed and, to some extent, they’re also thinking more broadly about a horseman in Vegas. But I can’t figure out so that they have concerns about a force that I think they’re, trying to sort out what those concerns are and how they could be fixed and whether there’s anything that can be done with the usmca text. At this point, to assuage their concerns, Dental sticks here does this require a reopening of the agreement? Is there the possibility? That is what do you envision as the way this plays out? Ideally, if you’re looking for the perfectly drafted agreement, you would want to reopen it and I do think it’s possible to reopen things hourly just designate one or two or three issues that are going to be there to be looked at. People expressed concern that if you, if you were you open one, then the whole thing gets thrown into question I’m so it won’t work. I don’t know, I think it can be done, but due to alleviate the concerns over that about. You know what sort of undermining everything is already been agreed. You could sign, you could have some sort of side agreements ideal to fix. Some of the problems in the the existing text offers ample. There was a problem with a staff, the roster of panelist. Will you know if, if he text doesn’t properly provide for that, what you could have is the government sit down right now and say well, we’ll just go to create the roster, so we’ve solved the problem in the text by putting the roster out there. So I think there are things you could do either we open the text or a side deal that would probably fix most of the problems of Steel and aluminum tariffs, assertion that if Canada were to ratify this soon this deal soon, it might have a negative impact On the ratification process in the US because of those concerns because of the desire to reopen I segments of the agreement, what do you think my personal View very speculative? Is that what Canada does will not have a big impact on what happens here in United States? Whatever Canada does will be used by one side of the other as an argument for taking up some particular action, but it’s either going to pass or not pass any ice. It’S on its own merits, or you know, on the merits of politics, so so for Canada. I mean I don’t think I wouldn’t worry too much about what we do is going to no Effect one way or the other. What happens in the United States? It’S too unpredictable do what you think is best. You know what happens here is based on our own messy politics, a lot of issues to be worked out, that the high-level drama you saw earlier today does matter. If, if, if the Democrats, Democratic Congressional leadership and the Trump Administration can’t get along at all on anything, then that is going to negatively affect the chances of getting this thing passed more of our field by subscribing to the CBC News Channel or click the link for Another video thanks for watching Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe travelled to Washington, D.C., to discuss trade and the new trade agreement as governments in U.S., Mexico and Canada work to ratify it.
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