The North American Free Trade Agreement is good for the U.S.
That was the message that Premier Brad Wall was emphasizing in Washington , D.C. on Wednesday.
He says about 9-million jobs were created in the U.S. through the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Canada would like to see the agreement continue and be updated.
With slogans like “Buy America”, the Premier worries about protectionism and cited the idea of the U.S. government saying infrastructure projects would use “American-only” steel.
That would affect Evraz in Regina, with the hope of supplying some of the pipe for the proposed Keystone XL project which is to run from Alberta through Saskatchewan and into the States.
Wall cautions that any Premier or other leader put in a position like that, might have to go back to his or her federal government and ask for some trade retaliation.
That becomes a destructive process, risking a unique relationship between the U.S. and Canada which has been good for both countries.
Wall also proposed that the Keystone XL pipeline would then make the U.S. and Canada bigger competitors with OPEC, which he believes is a good thing for economies.
He believes the world would also rather buy oil from countries that are” free and democratic and a few centuries removed from public beheadings”.