A step again on commerce, Editorial, Dec. 6
I’m perplexed on the criticism from the Star and others as to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s choice to not have interaction in formal commerce discussions with out securing some primary calls for.
It’s well-known that China is a rising energy, the commerce relationship with the U.S. is deteriorating and that commerce liberation could be a path to higher political liberation.
It’s also properly established that commerce agreements that don’t adequately deal with primary labour, human rights and environmental requirements are destined to create inequity and distrust amongst residents, resulting in an increase within the form of nationalism and political instability we’re witnessing in a lot of the world as we speak.
We must always acknowledge and embrace China’s wealthy historical past and highly effective financial potential. But on this unsettling second in world politics, it could be dangerously naive to concede on the ideas of equality, liberty and respect for the rule of regulation.
Canada can have interaction with China by way of honest commerce, academic alternate and ongoing dialogue. It needn’t be completed by way of a commerce settlement pushed by slender financial pursuits and political weak spot. That will be a recipe for nationwide and world strife.
Christopher Holcroft, Montreal