Canada-U.S. trade talks break down without a deal

Canada-U.S. trade talks break down without a deal

Canada and the United States will not reach a trade deal by President Donald Trump's deadline of Friday, Canadian officials and USA officials said on Friday afternoon.

Getting Canada on board by Friday would have smoothed the path for Trump's next negotiations, but the more important deadline is 30 days later, when Trump needs to deliver the full text of a "new NAFTA" to Congress.

Trilateral talks were already underway at the technical level and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo was expected to soon rejoin talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, possibly later on Thursday, people familiar with the process said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks at a press conference August 31, 2018 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.

His remarks immediately came to the attention of the Canadian delegation, which had already suspected the USA was not bargaining in good faith. "Our officials are continuing to work toward agreement".

Upon arriving for the first meeting of the day, Freeland said she was eagerly awaiting what Lighthizer had to say, having had the night to mull things over.

Trump's decision to notify Congress about the new US-Mexico agreement does not mean that Canada can't be included in a final deal.

The report clarified that while Bloomberg News had entered into an off-the-record agreement with Mr. Trump, the Toronto Star was not bound to any such agreement.

But a senior USA official told reporters that Washington could go ahead with just Mexico if Canada decides not to sign on to the near trade deal. The Star cited "a source" in its report.

The Star obtained the comments from a Trump interview with Bloomberg News.

Still, regardless of where they stand ideologically, all US presidents are politicians.

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However, despite this week's talks covering a wide range of issues, they say the deal is not there yet.

Earlier Friday Trump was quoted as saying privately that he wouldn't make compromises with Canada in their trade talks.

Most Canadians might not like the idea of Mr. Trudeau cozying up to Mr. Trump, a leader who represents just about everything they abhor.

During Monday's announcement with Mexico, Trump threatened to put tariffs on all cars made by Canada - an apparent effort to build pressure on America's northern neighbor only reinforced by his off-record comments to Bloomberg.

US labor leaders have been supportive of Trump's NAFTA push, but they, too, want Canada on board.

Lighthizer, she said, had "brought good faith and good will to the negotiating table" over the past year that they'd been talking to each other. "I am used to it", Trump tweeted.

Despite repeated questions about whether the comments risked scuttling the talks, a stoic Freeland maintained her diplomatic countenance, saying only that both the Canadian negotiating team and USTR officials were working hard to reach an agreement.

"Nothing that's going down right now in Washington should be presented as being a win from a consumer point of view, or an economic point of view", says economic consultant and researcher Dan Ciuriak, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

However, Trump said he could not make his position public because "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal".

Since the administration told Congress that Canada is "welcome" to join the deal, negotiations with Ottawa can continue.

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