Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Worries about fate of NAFTA hit Detroit's Canadian neighbors

Worries about fate of NAFTA hit Detroit's Canadian neighbors

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

A study commissioned by the Canadian Embassy says 9 million jobs "spread across every congressional district" are supported by the Canada-U.S. economic partnership.

As foreboding skies belied national worry over a new threat, a monstrous hurricane menacing the USA east coast, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland cited the memory of 9/11 as evidence of deep and friendly ties that have long bound the two countries together.

Brian Mulroney says Canada needs to put a little more water in its milk if it expects to make a new NAFTA deal with a hard-bargaining US president whose political fortunes depend heavily on being able to declare victory for American dairy farmers.

She said the talks were at a point where discussing them face-to-face with the prime minister "is absolutely essential".

"For this government to go out and be seen as giving too much to the American side on agriculture, and dairy in particular, would be ... nearly suicidal politically", Charest said.

Trump has raised pressure on Ottawa, threatening to impose duties on Canadian auto imports, which Trudeau said would be "devastating" for the Canadian auto sector. "The ruination of the country", Trump said at an event in North Dakota. A bilateral deal announced by the United States and Mexico on Monday was a breakthrough that infused renewed optimism around a new NAFTA.

Trudeau meets on Tuesday with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, which suspect he might be ready to sell them out.

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The back and fourth of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations continued Tuesday on both sides of the border.

In reaching a new NAFTA, Canada is protecting its interests but also "looking to be flexible because it's time to update this deal after 25 years", he said. Asked if it would be gone from a NAFTA deal, he said, "I think it should be".

"Our farmers don't have access to the Canadian markets the way that they have access to us", Perdue said in an interview that aired Sunday on C-SPAN.

"Maybe that helps us all put into perspective the negotiations that we're having and put into historical significance the relationship between Canada and the United States", Freeland said.

Wednesday was the first day that negotiations between the two countries resumed after four intensive days of talks last week ended without a deal on Friday after the mood soured. "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior worldwide trade adviser for a Washington law firm.

At the White House, Trump told reporters Canada wanted a deal "very much" and that talks were "coming along well".

What should Canada do at the NAFTA negotiating table?

"We're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win, win, win that we know is there". They are aiming to complete a deal by the end of the month so that Mexico, Canada and the U.S. can sign an agreement by the end of November.

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