Saturday, 22 September, 2018

US, Canada to resume NAFTA talks Tuesday

Rep. Tom Reed attends a committee hearing on in the Longworth Building in Washington D.C. on Feb. 14 2018 Tom Williams via Getty Images Rep. Tom Reed attends a committee hearing on in the Longworth Building in Washington D.C. on Feb. 14 2018
Orlando Vargas | 14 September, 2018, 13:24

Former federal Canadian trade official Matthew Kronby said the reported American demands indicate to him that the White House doesn't really want to strike a deal with Canada.

Ottawa and Washington are trying to reach an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month's end.

"Sure, it's business and it's important, but Gander is the place that - in a snapshot - illustrates the Canada-U.S. relationship".

But Larry Kudlow, the director of U.S. President Donald Trump's National Economic Council, suggested Friday that Canada isn't offering enough.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the mechanism is crucial to a new NAFTA, but Mexico already has agreed to drop it.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, returned to Washington on Tuesday for talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. "The longer term is not almost as clear", said Ekos pollster Frank Graves."Trade wars are never good for the respective combatants and if this escalates it could have very deleterious economic impacts". "Now, they've got to treat us fairly", he told reporters, and again threatened to impose duties on cars produced in Canada. "The ruination of the country", Trump said at an event in North Dakota.

On Monday, Trudeau provided little information when asked by prominent USA journalist Katie Couric for an update on the negotiations during an on-stage interview.

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In Michigan, 259,000 jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada, the study said.

"I don't think President Trump will go to the mat over Chapter 19". But as an October 1 deadline to renegotiate NAFTA looms, Canada is prepared to offer similar concessions on the dairy industry to those that it agreed to in free trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations, the sources said. "It would be a good modernized deal if Canada is brought into it".

Mulroney, the former prime minister widely considered the father of the modern era of North American free trade, held court Tuesday in Ottawa on the fate of the intercontinental trade pact as talks to modernize NAFTA resumed on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"Even if we gave him everything he wanted - and there is no way we would ever do that - who can say whether he'd be satisfied?" said one source, who declined to be identified given the extreme sensitivity of the situation.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland takes part in a news conference at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018. "That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks. "They did some very hard work and the discussions over the weekend were, as they were at the beginning of this process, constructive and productive, and we decided it would be a good idea to have a meeting today".

What should Canada do at the NAFTA negotiating table?

Experts note that the desire to make a trade deal happen is influenced by upcoming political events, including the USA midterm elections in November, a transition of presidential power in Mexico in December and next year's Canadian election.

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