Canada’s Freeland returns to Washington for NAFTA talks

14 September, 2018, 20:41 | Author: Frank Williams
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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Tuesday that discussions with the United States about forging a new North American Free Trade Agreement were still constructive, so the two sides agreed to meet again for further negotiations.

Republican Tom Reed, a member of the Committee of ways and means of the House of representatives, said in a television interview broadcast on Sunday that provide a larger market access to u.s. dairy producers could appease president Donald Trump.

They think Canada will make concessions on the mechanism to reach a trade deal with the USA this month.

The prime minister Justin Trudeau has been clear about its intentions: we do not assign the management of the offer.

Take the automobile industry as an example: If Canada was left out of NAFTA, vehicle prices could rise in the US due to proposed new tariffs on Canadian autos.

Trudeau has been signalling in recent days that Canada might be prepared to show some flexibility there.

With the Mexico deal in hand, and Trudeau publicly indicating that Canada's red-line issues are Chapter-19 and cultural industries, the Americans have considerable leverage, he added.

"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.

"I think it's something that we obviously have to be aware (of), that the president is contemplating, but we don't negotiate differently because of pressure tactics like that", Trudeau told a radio audience in Winnipeg. "Canada and the USA are too intertwined", Graves said.

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"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.

Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue meeting with her U.S. counterpart.

NAFTA negotiations resumed Tuesday morning as Americans marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

No word yet on when she might return to Washington to continue NAFTA talks. "We've got the best negotiators in the world, but they can only stay awake so many hours of every day". They are aiming to complete a deal by the end of the month so that Mexico, Canada and the U.S. can sign an agreement by the end of November.

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

The two sides have so far been unable to resolve key differences over USA access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"We're negotiating all this at once".

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.

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