Canada will stay out in the trade negotiations with the United States if they are not resolved, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday, according to The Globe and Mail.
“If it takes another two years for the two sides to resolve these issues, we will stay that way,” Trudeau said at a press conference.
He also promised that the Canadian government would keep Canadians safe by taking all necessary measures to address the security threat posed by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Trudeau government said it will be announcing its full response to the North America Free Trade agreement (NAFTA) negotiations later this month.
Trudeau and his government are seeking to secure the most lucrative deals for Canadian manufacturers, particularly with Mexico and Canada’s largest export markets, the United Kingdom and Germany.
In May, the Trudeau government agreed to a five-year investment agreement with the European Union, giving it more access to the bloc’s markets, including in the EU’s biggest markets, Germany and the United Nations.
The agreement was criticized by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said the deal would allow multinationals to take advantage of low wages, poor working conditions and lack of safety rules for European workers.
He said the pact would be bad for British manufacturing.
In October, Trudeau said Canada would be open to negotiating new trade deals with China and other countries, but did not provide details.