Representatives of Canada and the United States continue to duel it out over a North American Free Trade Agreement deal, with talks drawing out week upon week.
"I was kind of hoping that, last week, we'd see it resolved. Now we're into another week, and it's just going week after week and we're looking at a last minute dash to try and salvage this deal," said Souris Moose Mountain MP Dr. Robert Kitchen, "It's going to have a big impact on my constituents, and all Canadians."
He shared that he's heard comments voiced by many residents, on how the U.S. and Canadian tariffs are impacting local business, particularly on steel and aluminum.
"When you look at it, this was a tri-partite agreement. It was between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. For the U.S. initially, their big concern was with Mexico. But Canada did some things and put things forward which have led to the U.S. making an agreement with Mexico. That gives us a terrible bargaining position to be in, because now we're having to either take it or leave it. I'm sure our negotiators are having to deal with a lot of those issues right now, and they're being challenged by that."
"It will have an impact, if it goes wrong. I'm praying that it doesn't, and hoping that we will see this with a proper outcome in getting it settled quickly, such that the uncertainty isn't there. Because uncertainty breeds the issue of people being afraid to invest," added Kitchen, "It's just a big snowball. Hopefully we don't see that, and we will keep our fingers crossed as this week goes."