The successful candidate will know that:
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is not a sacred cow.
A good trade deal should bolster Canadian business/manufacturing and small-town Canada, not do the opposite.
Canadian cows and poultry are not sacred.
A sound negotiator prevents foreign dumping of products.
You do not sign a sucker of a deal, e.g., Ambassador Bridge/Gordie Howe International Bridge fiasco.
You do not sell the family farm, e.g., the sale Nexen (Canadian oil and gas company) to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC Group).
A well negotiated trade deal should not need a dispute settlement mechanism.
You must understand the priorities of the leader or potential leader of a country well in advance of trade talks.
Your country’s international negotiating prowess is enhanced when it has fair and balanced national trade.
Fair trade is the goal.
Trade is NOT free.
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