Canada may be in for a bumpy few months when it comes to re-opening NAFTA negotiations with President Donald Trump.
That’s the sentiment from CNN’s Inside Politics anchor John King, speaking to the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association in Vancouver, Tuesday.
King says as Trump steers away from businessman to policy maker, things may get a little volatile at the bargaining table.
“He’s a negotiator, he thinks he’s going to get a better deal,” King says.
“They’re difficult issues, there’ll be some bruises, some hard feelings, some bumps in the road, and there may be some storming away from the table at some point. But these are three countries that are pretty locked in an economic relationship. We’ll sit down and we’ll figure it out.”
King adds, despite the challenges, the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico was already facing the need for an update before Trump was elected.
“Look at the technology in your pocket, look at what a car looks like today, look at the interconnection of the economy, how we farm, how we ship, everything has changed. The global economy has changed. The relationship between Canada, the United States, and Mexico have an incredibly important relationship in the neighbourhood, but all those countries and each of those countries individually have different relationships around the world now.”
King believes the world is still in the feeling out process with Trump, who had no political experience when he was inaugurated and is learning on the go.