Canada not helping itself by hitting US with tariffs: White House

Canada not helping itself by hitting US with tariffs: White House

After the election, Lopez Obrador said he'll propose that his own team of experts be included in the trade talks.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said that she spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer six times last week and that she wants NAFTA talks to kick into a higher gear this summer. He 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.

Trudeau has said he plans to stay in touch with the outgoing Mexican president, but hopes to work closely with the country's new president to "build on the vibrant partnership between our two countries".

Canada's Building Trades Unions (CBTU) continues to support the Federal Government in its recent efforts to respond to the Trump Administration's misguided decision to impose tariffs on the aluminum and steel industry in Canada.

So why are those who are backing Canadian-made products considered "patriots" and Americans wanting to help US goods and workers are bad?

Carlos Jasso / Reuters Mexico's next President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses supporters, in Mexico City, Mexico on July 1, 2018. The Trudeau government has described Canada's retaliation as dollar-for-dollar, reciprocal tariffs that target steel, aluminum as well as a long list of consumer goods.

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The stress on the trading relationship between Canada and the U.S.is already starting to raise the cost of construction and manufacturing in the United States, according to Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. These are all factors that point to a stalemate, said Moshe Lander, an economist at Concordia University. "I don't think anyone realistically has an expectation that that's something the USA administration - especially this one - would be all that impressed by".

"I don't see how he's going to be able to find an agreement that's going to be acceptable to, now, a left-wing populist, a right-wing populist and our country who is claiming hurt feelings as a basis for negotiations". "I wish all of my American friends a happy Fourth of July".

"Canada and Mexico are close friends and longtime partners".

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Lopez Obrador by phone.

President Donald Trump said Sunday he wants to wait until after the election to finalize a new deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement - but it wasn't clear whether he meant the US midterms in November, or a Mexican vote that's expected to lift a left-wing leader into power.

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