Unifor Local 200 President Chris Taylor in Windsor, Ont., describes United States President Donald Trump as “concerning” for the Canadian auto industry.
Taylor was a guest on CBC’s Power and Politics to discuss Trump, NAFTA and the North American auto industry on Tuesday evening in Windsor, where he represents Ford workers.
“To hear a president say NAFTA is going to be torn up, tweaked for Canadians, and then Wilbur Ross saying ‘Canadians better be prepared because there will be concessions,’ you’re sitting on the edge of your seating, thinking ‘what’s coming next?’” Taylor said. “I don’t think [we] throw Mexico away and leave them out of it. But if we’re going to renegotiate NAFTA let’s fix it and let’s make sure it’s fair for all three countries and not just Donald Trump.”
Trump has called the pact a disaster and threatened to walk away from it all together if he doesn’t get what he considers a fair deal for American workers.
Jonathan Azzopardi, head of the Canadian Mold Makers Association was also on the show.
“Take mold makers … we’ve seen that industry just thrive because of NAFTA,” he said. “The theory is if the auto industry didn’t move to Mexico it would have moved to China. If it moves to China we have zero exposure, zero opportunity in that country. By it coming to Mexico, it actually created the opportunity to export to Mexico.”
Watch the entire interview below.