Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks in Washington on Tuesday

Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks in Washington on Tuesday

Trump almost tore up the NAFTA pact a year ago after visiting farmers in Wisconsin, a major US dairy producer that Washington says has been hurt by Canadian protectionism.

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.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top USA trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down.

As Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived back in Washington, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of what he termed "massive disruption" and job loses on both sides of the border if Washington follows through on threats to impose auto tariffs.

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).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned, however, that potential U.S. auto tariffs could be "devastating" for industry in both countries. He said Canada and the United States spent a lot of time last week reconciling what the USA and Mexico had already agreed upon.

"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. "I can't read the tea leaves, but. coming back and saying, "Sorry, we couldn't get an agreement" is just too hard politically to manage" on both sides, Sosnow said.

"We've taken those hits for team Canada, and we are determined that there be no further concessions on dairy", said David Wiens, vice president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

The politically thorny issue remains an obstacle in NAFTA negotiations as discussions drag on without an agreement after 13 months of talks, started at Trump's behest.

"At the end of the day, we're neighbors", Freeland said.

"We're neighbours and neighbours help each other when they need help".

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After leaving the U.S. Trade Representative offices following an initial meeting on Tuesday, Freeland described a positive atmosphere as the two sides work "extremely intensively".

"When it comes to Trump tweets there's a discount premium to them", said Carleton University professor and foreign policy expert Fen Hampson, who advises Trudeau to "hunker down, say nothing, not rise to the bait".

The two sides have so far been unable to break an impasse over, among other issues, US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"We're negotiating all this at once".

The officials have held two weeks of talks but ended Friday afternoon without reaching an agreement that would keep Canada in the three-nation pact.

He added that the Office of the United States Trade Representative wants to wrap up talks with Canada quickly.

What should Canada do at the NAFTA negotiating table?

"That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks.

"Sure, it's business and it's important, but Gander is the place that - in a snapshot - illustrates the Canada/U.S. relationship".

Canadian officials have said they are working on the assumption that they have until the end of September to make a deal.

He's optimistic that a revised trade deal will come, but the uncertainty is one reason he believes no new products have been announced for the CAMI plant.

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