What will you trade for power?
Peter Julian and Bill Siksay have both been critical of the Liberal position on trade. This spring, Siksay said of trade with China, an issue that Liberals including former Prime Minister Jean Chretien have championed for years, "We can’t fall into the trap of holding back our concerns about human rights because we worry that it might have economic ramifications, given China’s growing economic and political power. We must be prepared to call China to account for its human rights record." Peter Julian has been critical of NAFTA and the FTAA, deals which Liberal governments helped implement and encouraged.
The Liberals have something to say about the NDP's economic record as well. In the Burnaby Now on September 24th, Stephane Dion dismissed the possibility of an alliance with the NDP saying, "We cannot have a coalition with a party that has a platform that would be damaging to the economy."
This should make for an interesting week in Parliament.