I would have thought that negotiation, like financial management, would be considered a core competency of Conservatives. These people are supposed to be all about doing business and doing deals, aren't they? So did you hear the terms of our entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest thing in "free trade" deals?
Sight unseen, the government of Canada has agreed to accept any negotiating text on which the nine current members have already reached consensus. According to the USTR, this includes all agreed ("unbracketed") text within chapters that are still open, not just completed chapters. To date, only one chapter has been completed.
And "sight unseen" is right because these negotiations have been a secret.
These are the people who believe in running government like a business and not only have they essentially agreed to sign a contract without having any part in negotiating most of it — they've agreed to sign it before they've seen most of it.
Best part? Canada only agreed to these terms after our new representative took over the file. That would be Nigel Wright, the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, who took a leave of absence as Managing Director of Onex Corporation to come and work for us. Do you think this is how he conducted business for Onex?
You don't get good government from people who think government is the problem. And the crew in charge at the moment are just the ones to keep proving that. Over and over.