Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rebutting claims made by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper that the Liberal government is dragging out the NAFTA negotiations for political gains.
"I think I've been very clear for a long time now that the issue of trade with the United States and our relationship with the United States is far too important to play partisan politics with," the Liberal Party leader said during a stop in Markham, Ont., Friday.
Trudeau was responding to a recording first obtained by CTV News of Harper at the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum earlier this month.
CBC News has also obtained the audio.
"The problem right now is we have two governments that do not want an agreement," Harper says.