Canada trade deal 'eminently possible,' Freeland says

14 September, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Martin Tyler
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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for a meeting with her US counterpart Robert Lighthizer.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during an interview Tuesday with a Winnipeg radio station, CJOB, that there are certain positions Canada has and remain firm on.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to push ahead with a bilateral deal with Mexico, effectively killing the nearly 25-year-old three-country NAFTA pact, which covers $1.2 trillion in trade. President Donald Trump has struck a trade deal with Mexico and threatened to push ahead without Canada, a move that would kill NAFTA, which covers $1.2 trillion in trade between the three countries, and further spook financial markets.

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

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Following the talks in Washington, Freeland will travel to Saskatoon, western Canada, on Wednesday to attend a meeting of Liberal members of parliament, which runs until Thursday, Austen said.

The dairy system, or supply management as it is known, falls outside of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). "The longer term is not almost as clear", said Ekos pollster Frank Graves."Trade wars are never good for the respective combatants and if this escalates it could have very deleterious economic impacts".

Concerned hopefulness seems to be a good description for the many Canadians awaiting the outcome of negotiations to update trade arrangements among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Trump almost tore up the NAFTA pact previous year after visiting farmers in Wisconsin, a major US dairy producer that Washington says has been hurt by Canadian protectionism. She said she spoke with Lighthizer over the weekend and they agreed it would be useful for them to meet again face to face. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.

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US officials say time is running out to reach a deal that the current Congress can vote on.

"I think this is a complicated time for employees. The ruination of the country", Trump said at an event in North Dakota.

Craft, a fixture at the NAFTA talks last week, was in Gander, N.L., to commemorate the role that town played on the day 17 years ago when the United States shut down its airspace, forcing countless passenger airliners to find refuge wherever they could.

Trudeau, for his part, added that: "we're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win-win-win that we know is there". "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior global trade adviser for a Washington law firm.

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"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars, that's not who we are", Craft told the gathered crowd as she thanked Canada - and Gander - for playing host in 2001 to countless stranded American air passengers.

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