Canada NAFTA talks to resume as deadline looms

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President Donald Trump has reached a tentative trade deal with Mexico, and now the focus of tariff talks shifts to Canada. Trump warned Congress not to interfere with negotiations and said if they did so, he would terminate NAFTA entirely.

'There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal, ' Trump tweeted during services for the late Arizona Sen. Canada cited its ongoing disagreement with the US over allegations it dumps lumber into America as a reason to keep the panels, they said.

"Remember, NAFTA was one of the WORST Trade Deals ever made".

President Trump insisted that the USA will not make any concessions during the talks with Canada, according to off-the-record remarks made to Bloomberg on 30 August.

Tensions between the US and Canada heightened on Friday, after the Toronto Star obtained and published off-the-record remarks Trump made in an interview with Bloomberg News, during which he admitted that he would not make any compromises in order to secure an agreement.


And despite earlier suggestions that he may cut Canada out of the agreement altogether, Trump is hoping Ottawa can be brought on board, too.

Continetti continued. "President Trump understands the economic power of the United States in a way many other American politicians do not".

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said he expected to rejoin his United States and Canadian counterparts for trilateral talks.

Canada is the No. 1 destination for American products shipped overseas, and more than 8 million U.S.jobs are supported by trade with Canada, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Neither US nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

A major sticking point for Canada is that the deal eliminated the settlement system for anti-dumping disputes, NAFTA's Chapter 19.


Even before trade negotiations got underway, Ottawa had begun a concerted strategy to reach out to U.S. stakeholders to drive home the benefits of Canada-U.S. trade and what it meant economically to their individual districts.

"Raising wages for auto workers in Mexico is directly a way for the United States to push more manufacturing back into the United States because it reduces the attractiveness of Mexico as a jurisdiction for manufacturing", she said.

The jab came a day after controversial remarks to Bloomberg he claims had been "off the record" leaked to the Canadian press as the two countries sought to negotiate a North American Free Trade Agreement deal. The deal also proposes requiring a significant portion of automobile parts - 75 percent - be made in the US and Mexico.

The preliminary agreement between Mexico and the United States announced last Monday would, if enacted, require that 75 per cent of the parts in any vehicle sold in North America be produced in the US or Mexico. The president has imposed wide-ranging tariffs that, he argues, will help protect American workers and force USA trading partners to stop exploiting trade deals that are unfair to the United States. So, overall, workers aren't doing as well'.

Between 8 and 10 percent of Kansas agriculture exports are sold to Canada, including meat from the state's packing plants, flour and soybean products.


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