Canada’s big union bosses are bringing us all the dangerous, destabilizing politics of Donald Trump

Hot on the heels of the signing ceremony for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade deal, Canada’s biggest private-sector union has launched a major campaign to take down much bigger trade game. With full-page newspaper ads, a commercial blitz and an active website, the union is waging war on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Worst Trade Deal Ever,” says the headline on the Unifor print ad, echoing the rhetoric of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and obviously aiming to capitalize on the Trump-created anti-trade atmosphere now poisoning the ideological climate in North America and abroad.
With union membership in steady decline, Big Labour seems to see opportunity for growth in the emerging business of bashing international trade deals. It’s a dangerous game. The Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be a flawed agreement, but using its flaws to foster mass opposition to international trade agreements risks adding to an expanding populist …