Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

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. If Canada is kicked out of the new NAFTA, Americans would see a number of industries negatively affected, from oil production to retail stores to tourism as Canadians will choose to buy more domestic products to avoid American ones.

"We're just interested in breaking those barriers and having a solid relationship with our partners to the north".

There is no clear deadline set for the talks, but optimism remains that an agreement can be reached this month.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to push ahead with a bilateral deal with Mexico, effectively killing the nearly 25-year-old three-country NAFTA pact, which covers $1.2 trillion in trade.

Negotiators appear focused primarily on three key issues: dairy, culture and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"There's a range of things we've been firm on and will continue to be firm on, but there's also things we're looking to be flexible on because it's time to update this deal after 25 years", he said in an interview with Winnipeg radio station CJOB.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland takes part in a news conference at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, U.S., August 31, 2018.

"We're looking for a deal which is good for Canadians, which is good for Canadian workers, which is good for Canadian families (and) good for Canadian farmers", Freeland said on "The West Block".


If consumers in Canada and other countries are buying fewer American cars as a result of these trade disputes, that could lead to layoffs.

USA officials say time is running out to agree on a text on which the current Congress can vote.

Under that system, the USA exports about $500 million of dairy products duty free to Canada - three times what it imports from here - but faces tariffs of up to 300 per cent for anything more. "President, I recommend we accept this deal with Canada; it's not ideal, but it's a good deal, ' then I think he takes it,"' Mulroney said.

But a leader of this country's main milk-producing lobby group said Monday his industry has given enough in previous trade deals and will not tolerate more concessions.

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest said on CTV's "Question Period" any decisions the Liberals make now will have ramifications in the 2019 federal election, particularly in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec.

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

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.

The hope is for a trilateral agreement in principle that Congress can approve before Mexico's new president takes office on December 1.

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