Putting Canada First in Trade Agreement with U.S. & Mexico

A Brief Comment from Niagara, Ontario area Don Alexander

Posted October 9th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Trade agreement with Mexico, Canada and the United States is written with US first.

USMCA. Try pronouncing that!.  No useful acronym here.

Let’s put Canada First, Mexico in the middle and the US last!  Now we have a pronounceable and really useful acronym: CAMUS.

Useful?  Yes. It triggers us to think of French author Albert Camus.  Some of his writings—two in particular– describe the US president’s role: “Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.”  (The Plague,  part-one 1947)

“The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.”   (Carnets 1, 1937)

Albert Camus’ writings about the absurd describe the process we have been through negotiating the agreement.

“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”  (Correspondence 1936 Letter to Frémenville)

The Camus novel The Rebel is also informative about  the result of our negotiations: “Every ideology is contrary to human psychology.”  ( The Rebel 1951)

“The society based on production is only productive, not creative.” (The Rebel 1951)

             “Canada first.  US last”  Looks good!  Sounds good!


  • Don Alexander

“A Truth that’s told with bad intent,
Beats all the Lies you can invent.”
      William Blake,in Auguries of Innocence,

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