The Trudeau government is only inviting “like-minded people” to a World Trade Organization (WTO) summit in Ottawa — and that doesn’t include the United States.
Canada is hosting a conference later this month that will invite 13 countries to Canada’s capitol to find new was to make the WTO relevant. But, as the Canadian Press reports, its southern neighbor will be notably absent from the guest list.
Canadian International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr says the purpose of the meeting is to convince the United States that the WTO still has a meaningful role in world trade — but American diplomats will not be in the room to hear those arguments.
“We think that the best way to sequence the discussion is to start with like-minded people, and that’s whom we have invited and they’re coming,” Carr told CP. “Those who believe that a rules-based system is in the interests of the international community will meet to come up with a consensus that we will then move out into nations who might have been more resistant.”
Carr insists that “a rules-based system is good for [America], too.”
The WTO is a globalist organization that President Donald Trump loves to hate. His economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, has questioned its worth and suggested it’s “broken.” They have backed up that conviction by ensuring that new judges are not appointed to the body, rendering it increasingly powerless to make decisions.
“The impasse of the appointment of the appellate body members threatens to bring the whole dispute settlement system to a halt,” reads an executive summary that was sent to conference invitees and obtained by CP.