By Peter Henderson
A government led by Tom Mulcair would have a dramatically different stance on free-trade agreements than the NAFTA-bashing NDP of the 1980s.
NDP trade critic Don Davies says pragmatism is the guiding principle for his party’s policy on international agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the New Democrats are willing to support flawed deals if they improve Canadian trade.
His remarks give clarity to the party’s position on free trade, a thorny subject for the NDP. The new stance is somewhat at odds with the party’s history and its roots in the labour movement.
The NDP opposed Brian Mulroney’s free-trade agenda in the 1980s, arguing against Canada’s participation in the Free Trade Accord with the United States and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Since being elevated to Mulcair’s shadow cabinet in 2013, Davies has taken a more nuanced position on trade deals versus the party’s NAFTA-bashing past.
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