Maude Barlow, a leading critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, has tweeted, "Trump’s trade war has effectively killed NAFTA. He would not participate in a Chapter 19 challenge [in which a binational arbitration panel would decide if imposed duties are merited] or abide by a trade ruling. NAFTA is dead."
Now Peter Donolo, the former director of communications to prime minister Jean Chrétien, also writes, "NAFTA – at least as we know it – is dead. Donald Trump just killed it. The reckless and crippling 25-per-cent tariff on steel and 10-per-cent tariff on aluminum that the U.S. President’s administration just used to bludgeon Canada and Mexico (not to mention the entire European Union) is the murder weapon."
In his opinion piece in The Globe and Mail, Donolo notes, "This week the Prime Minister told a Toronto symposium that no NAFTA would be better than a bad NAFTA deal. And there are strong indications that no deal is the preferred option of the Trump administration. So what is our Plan B?"