Trump will delay NAFTA talks until after mid-terms Nov

Andrew Cummings
July 6, 2018

On Sunday, Ottawa responded to the Trump administration's tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with duties of its own against USA imports.

Trump himself has already threatened to go even further by putting tariffs on the automotive sector, which could prove far more damaging for the Canadian economy than the steel and aluminum duties.

Canada's Building Trades Unions stands with the Trudeau Government in continuing to press the Trump Administration to rescind its misguided tariffs.

"'We're going to take down all our barriers, we're going to take down all our taxes, ' right?"

While Canada and some in the USA media blame the trade row on President Trump who has promised to renegotiate unfair trade deals, Canada's ridiculous tariffs on American dairy products are at the center of the disagreement.

Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA, and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.

Once automotive issues are addressed, the remaining NAFTA sticking points will largely be between Canada and the US - and it's an open question how much room Trudeau will have to manoeuvre Trudeau in areas like government procurement, supply management and intellectual property.

"The bottom line is that some of the people buying American products may switch to the Canadian products, that's one source of increased profit for the Canadian producers", says Littler.

The renewed call for negotiations also comes as Canada and the US are swapping punitive tariffs on steel, aluminum and a host of consumer and agricultural products.

Speaking on Sunday in Leamington, Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Canadians for standing united against President Donald Trump's sanctions.

"Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

"The other source of profit might be that they're under less price pressure, less price competition from the American products and therefore they're able to raise their prices". "Everybody said, 'Uh, can we get on to another subject?'"

In a press conference after the June G7 meetings, the Trump administration said they had offered a true free trade proposal to the entire group, which includes Canada.

Trump has clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade, with the US president tweeting last month after departing the Group of Seven meetings in Quebec that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest".

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