The chief organizer of the upcoming G7 summit believes that the leaders of the world’s seven largest economic powers will not be able to avoid discussing trade issues when they meet next month in La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region.
P eter Boehm, deputy minister for the G7 summit and personal representative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, did not mention Donald Trump directly in his speech on Tuesday, but made these comments at a foreign policy conference Canada, in a protectionist context in the United States. The event was organized by the Canadian Institute of Global Affairs.
According to Boehm, politicians will not be able to sidestep the Trump administration’s discussions on steel and aluminum tariffs and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Although these issues are contentious between countries, it is plausible that they can agree on the idea of revitalizing the World Trade Organization (WTO), he said.
According to Peter Boehm, Canada and its six partners must commit to working together to strengthen a rules-based global trading system, combat protectionism and promote free trade for the benefit of all.
The one-day meeting of foreign policy experts, diplomats and academics in Ottawa focused on Canada’s positioning in a changing international order.
This change was caused largely by the coming to power of Donald Trump who, since his election, attacks the multilateral institutions.
Possible deal, says Ambrose
One of the discussions on the Trump effect was former Conservative minister Rona Ambrose, who is now on a non-partisan advisory committee on the renegotiation of NAFTA.
M me Ambrose suggested to participants that Canadians could no longer adhere to the “romantic notion” that Canada and the United States remain best friends and allies.
That said, it is still possible to reach an agreement that would appeal to all three countries, she said, adding that the Liberal government was doing everything in its power to get along with the unpredictable Trump administration.
According to Peter Donolo, former director of communications for former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Trump will be happy with the deal only if it allows him to declare a victory all the way.
“He needs to demonstrate that he has made his opponents bite the dust,” he said.
“He will define his success as:” We won, we won a lot. Canada and Mexico bite the dust, they are finished, they are humiliated. ”