Work together for NAFTA’s future

Today, a new era begins in the United States and if you think this doesn’t affect us here in Canada, think again.

Today is Inauguration Day where, after sitting down with Barack Obama for a traditional tea or coffee meeting and carpool to the Capitol, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and so the first day of the Trump administration begins. For me personally, this could possibly be a scary thought. Based on Trump’s campaign promoted messages of exclusion and prejudice. This is not the kind of society we need in any country. We should be working to eliminate exclusion and prejudice, not promote them.

Regardless, though, the day is here at last and for at least the next four years, Trump will be the president of the U.S. Effects of his presidency will, no doubt, affect Canada. Only time will tell how much.

There are a lot of serious and potentially concerning questions that arise from this. One of those is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),

NAFTA first came into effect on Jan. 1, 1994 that created the “largest free trade region in the world at that time, generating economic growth and helping to raise the standard of living for the people of all three member countries,” said the Government of Canada website.

Trump made an election promise to either renegotiate or take down NAFTA, which would have serious implications for Canada. Hopefully there is some sort of middle ground that can be reached so that it will benefit all three countries. Working together is key.

For more on this, see the Jan. 20, 2017 print or e-edition of the subscription-based Moose Jaw Times-Herald. You can also subscribe online here.