Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

Andrew Cummings
September 14, 2018

A couple of weeks ago the White House announced a new NAFTA deal between the US and Mexico, which they sent up to Congress for possible consideration.

"This isn't like some of the other NAFTA rounds where people were introducing poison pills for political reasons or otherwise", he said.

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.

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


US officials have said time is running out to agree on a text that can be signed by American, Canadian and Mexican leaders by November 30, before the current Mexican government leaves office.

On Monday, Trudeau provided little information when asked by prominent US journalist Katie Couric for an update on the negotiations during an on-stage interview.

Even Prime Minister Trudeau suggested in an interview a week ago Canada was willing to bend on dairy.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland were unable to clinch a deal despite meeting late into the evening on Thursday.


Canada and the United States are attempting to put the final touch to a text that could be submitted to Congress at the end of the month and allow Canada to join the agreement signed by the administration Trump with Mexico.

"Maybe that helps us all put into perspective the negotiations that we're having - and also put into a little bit of historical perspective the importance and the significance of the relationship between Canada and the United States", she said of the anniversary.

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). Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1. "People are kind of sitting on the sidelines thinking, 'How will this affect us in the future?' If we were to lose the auto industry here that would put us into some type of recession", Chiodo said, noting that the auto trade has "always been pretty fair" for both the USA and Canada. That second level is what the public is witnessing. But as an October 1 deadline to renegotiate NAFTA looms, Canada is prepared to offer similar concessions on the dairy industry to those that it agreed to in free trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations, the sources said.

"I think there's good momentum and I think there's good honest brokering. That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks. He needs a win on trade and this would be a win on trade.


"There is no question Canada and Mexico are going to get a haircut and the best you can hope for when you get a haircut is that it looks stylish", Mr. Ujczo said.

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