Canada to resume NAFTA talks

Lloyd Doyle
September 14, 2018

US and Canadian trade negotiators on Tuesday completed a day of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with reaching a final deal.

"I would be very surprised if Canada can achieve a negotiated, successful free trade deal with the United States without showing flexibility on supply management, he said".

USA president Donald Trump threatened Friday to impose a 20 per cent tariff on cars if a NAFTA agreement can't be reached with Canada.

Freeland and her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left the bargaining table last Friday without a deal following two weeks of what Freeland described as intense, but productive, negotiations.

Earlier in the day, she noted that Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks to drive home a point about the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who says he is prepared to tear up NAFTA, has struck a trade deal with Mexico and threatened to push ahead without Canada.

Trudeau, facing elections in 2019, said on Sunday (June 10) that Canada "will not be pushed around", triggering a fierce attack from Trump and his advisers, on Tuesday (June 12).

"I think we understand there are certain issues on which we will need to compromise", one of the sources said when asked about increased dairy access for the USA industry.

Numerous American officials, including U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Trump's top economic advisor Larry Kudlow, have said a new NAFTA must see movement from Canada on dairy.


Officials have identified the main sticking points as Canada's dairy quota regime, Ottawa's desire to keep a trade dispute-resolution mechanism and Canadian media laws that favor domestically produced content.

"It is very important to inform" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in person about the latest developments, she added.

Freeland emerged after meeting with Lighthizer, saying talks were occurring in a "good" atmosphere.

"We agreed that it would be useful to continue talking today, so we're back for more negotiations", Freeland told reporters as she entered the USTR offices in Washington. While Reuters reported on Tuesday that Canada is prepared to make concessions on the issue, it is likely to face opposition among supporters of Trudeau's Liberal Party in Ontario and Quebec. Free Trade Agreement, said Tuesday he expects a NAFTA deal can be reached.

The U.S. has said it plans to present Congress with the deal it has with Mexico if Canada doesn't get on board.

The announcement by the US trade representative comes one week earlier than previously indicated. "I think everybody is working towards a deal", said Flavio Volpe, president of Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association.

"We have been very clear on that, that there can not be more access given", Wiens said in a telephone interview.

Canada's dairy farmers believe they've already given enough to foreign producers in previous trade deals and aren't interested in ceding any more ground.

Lighthizer faces pressure on dairy from U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who wants more Canadian access for milk producers from the northern part of his home state of NY.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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