Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

14 September, 2018, 13:24 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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The two sides have so far been unable to break an impasse over, among other issues, USA access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"In some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country".

A study commissioned by the Canadian Embassy says 9 million jobs "spread across every congressional district" are supported by the Canada-U.S. economic partnership.

Candian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland walks out of the U.S. Trade Representative's office to speak to journalists in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2018.

So far, Canada has been unable to obtain a guarantee from the United States that Canadians would not be hit with punitive USA auto tariffs if Ottawa agrees to a new NAFTA deal with Washington.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last Wednesday he did not see the need to attend the talks for the time being.

Canada's envoy - Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland - left a meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer Tuesday night. Overall, he said, he believes Canada is handling the talks well.

The U.S. has said it plans to present Congress with the deal it has with Mexico if Canada doesn't get on board. President Donald Trump, in a story that appeared in Automotive News Canada, said Friday that while "I don't want to do anything bad to Canada".

Uncertainly over the future of NAFTA, which underpins $1.2 trillion in North American trade, is weighing on markets as well as the Canadian and Mexican currencies.

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"I don't think President Trump will go to the mat over Chapter 19.

These are complicated subjects and there's still some distance" separating the two sides, said one source close to the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe pending negotiations.

"It seems even if we give a lot, the USA keeps asking for more", said Mr. Kronby, an global trade lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais.

Many argue that Canada has already made concessions in the sector to secure other trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the dairy industry is a relatively small part of the economy.

"Our farmers don't have access to the Canadian markets the way that they have access to us", Perdue said in an interview that aired Sunday on C-SPAN.

Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue meeting with her United States counterpart. "He's railed against this thing (NAFTA) and they've been at the negotiating table for now over a year. That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks.

At the White House, Trump told reporters Canada wanted a deal "very much" and that talks were "coming along well".

Trudeau replied, "Sorry to disappoint, but we continue to work hard and we are positively optimistic that we can get a win-win-win for all three countries". They are aiming to complete a deal by the end of the month so that Mexico, Canada and the USA can sign an agreement by the end of November.

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