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FIRST READING: Trudeau government claims victory after decisive defeat to New Zealand – National Post

Sep 08, 2023

The Kiwis also declared victory, which makes sense given that they won

After Canada decisively lost a major trade dispute with New Zealand, Trade Minister Mary Ng claimed this week that the defeat was actually a “clear victory” for the country.

“Canada is very pleased with the outcome … which is a clear victory for Canada,” wrote Ng in a Sept. 5 statement just as the New Zealand media abounded with headlines about their country’s unadorned triumph over the Canadians.

The New Zealand Herald proclaimed that their government had won a “significant trade dispute” over Canada’s “unfair dairy access,” and that the binding decision would force Canada to “change its ways.”

“This is a significant win for New Zealand and our exporters,” New Zealand trade minister Damien O’Connor said in a Wednesday statement. New Zealand had never previously litigated a dispute with a free trade partner, but in this case O’Connor claimed Canadian malfeasance was chipping $40 million out of the New Zealand economy every year.

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