Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last December in an interview with Fox News that an example of this threat could be seen in an existing partnership between Canada and Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer made similar statements about why Canada would not seek a free trade agreement with China under a Conservative government. In 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The stagnation of the negotiations does not help anyone in Canada or China. Ottawa really should focus on creating a free trade agreement with Beijing. Prime Minister Harper`s December 2009 trip to the People`s Republic could be used to explore the possibility of a valid bilateral trade agreement between the two countries. If the initial discussions were successful, it would be a watershed moment in the Conservative government`s trade policy. It would also send an undeniable signal to the international community that Canada remains firmly committed to multilateralism and diplomacy and is strongly opposed to any form of protectionism. Equally important is that a Sino-Canadian free trade agreement can probably support China`s economic development and improve the living, working and living conditions of many of the country`s poor citizens. To that end, the Conservative Party should not allow its principles to impinge on any initiative to promote free trade with the CPP. China is certainly a human rights rapist, but it is not irremediable and it is unlikely that the public punishments of the Hu Jintao government will bear fruit. If Canada is to improve the human rights conditions for Chinese workers and dissidents, Ottawa should engage constructively by committing to a mutually beneficial trade agreement with Beijing.
A pragmatic attitude towards a principle will ultimately lead to better long-term outcomes for Canada and China. Canada is currently conducting exploratory discussions on bilateral or multilateral free trade agreements with the following countries and trading blocs, although formal negotiations have not yet begun: The North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico came into force on January 1, 1994 and created, after GDP, the world`s largest free trade region. Until 2014, NAFTA`s GDP was estimated at more than $20 trillion, with a market of 474 million people.   Based on this success, Canada continues to negotiate free trade agreements with more than 40 countries and has free trade agreements, most recently with South Korea, Canada`s first free trade agreement with an Asia-Pacific partner.