There is a report in iPolitics that says that Trade Minister Chrystia “Freeland insists government still undecided on TPP.” She is quoted as saying that ““The prime minister’s comments are perfectly consistent with what we said during the election campaign and with what we have been saying ever since. And that is, that we are a party that very strongly supports free trade. We understand that Canada is a trading nation and that we need to be plugged into the global economy for our middle class to prosper,” she told reporters following question period … [and] … “Having said that, when it comes to the TPP, that was an agreement that was negotiated, concluded in the heat of an election campaign. We made the pledge to Canadians during that campaign that we would consult broadly, and those consultations are continuing.”“
That may be the dumbest thing I have read/hear/seen all month.
The prime minister is on record as saying that it would be ““difficult to imagine a world” in which Canada’s largest trading partners ratified the 12-country agreement and Canada didn’t.“
Some people, mostly Conservatives, are trying to make political hay out of the appearance that the PM might be undermining his trade minister. Of course he is … he has to: she’s an idiot if she believes that the rubbish said on the campaign trail bears any relationship whatever to rational public policy. Ms Freeland needs to be replaced, with a grownup; there are some in the Liberal cabinet and caucus …
… she can become, oh, I dunno, Minister of Veteran’s Affairs .. it’s hard to imagine that even she could be worse that Kent Hehr. (Mr Herh has to stay on in cabinet, of course, because tokenism is a key principle of the regime.)
The prime minister’s handlers have it right: Canada is a major trading nation; it is inconceivable that we would not ratify the TPP … even if the next dimwit to be president of the US scuttles the deal. The PM knows that, the PCO and PMO know that, most of the cabinet knows that, if Ms Freeland is in doubt then she needs to get the boot.