Cullen supports Liberal NAFTA stance – no deal better than bad deal

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen

BY BILL PHILLIPS

bill@pgdailynews.ca

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen fears that Canada’s supply management system for the dairy industry may be a casualty in the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the U.S.

And, while the pressure is mounting for Canada to make some concessions to make a deal before the U.S.-imposed deadline, he says the negotiations seem to be one-sided.

“What frustrates me is that we always talk about what concessions Canada is going to make,” he said during a scrum with northern media Wednesday. “I haven’t heard one the U.S. is making yet. I haven’t heard a long list, short list, or anything about what the Americans are giving up.”

He says the Liberals are the right stance on NAFTA by maintaining that no deal is better than a bad deal.

“I think (the Liberals) are hedging their bets to allow them to walk away from the table,” he said.

Cullen said the good news is that the American business lobby and most of the U.S. Congress have agreed that it would be better if Canada was included in the deal.

“The devil will be in the details,” he said.