US, Canada still have work to do on NAFTA

US, Canada still have work to do on NAFTA

US President Donald Trump on Friday said the NAFTA talks were "moving along" but again called the trade pact "one of the worst trade deals in history". "It would be a good modernized deal if Canada is brought into it".

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.

Canada's parliament unanimously condemned the personal attacks on Trudeau on Monday, as the famously polite nation simmered over the U.S. weekend broadsides.

Over the weekend, negotiators continued working to try to hammer out a deal.

Meanwhile, despite the "several" issues still in dispute, there is strong will on the US side, especially, to wrap up the talks by Friday, trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said Monday. Class 7 has to go.

Freeland said both sides are "continuing to work very hard" in a recent press release, though she stresses that Canada will not sign a deal unless it is in the best interest of Canadians.

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"He has great confidence and trust in Lighthizer".

True to form, when asked about Mulroney's remarks, the foreign affairs minister refused to say anything publicly about the discussions around the table for fear of undermining what she described as a cordial and productive atmosphere.

Freeland spokesman Adam Austen did not give details.

NAFTA negotiations resumed Tuesday morning as Americans marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"At the end of the day, we're neighbours - and at the end of the day, neighbours help each other when they need help".

She has declined to discuss specifics about the talks, noting she and Lighthizer have agreed to refrain from negotiating in public.

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"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars". The Pacific trade pact provided those countries with access to 3.25 per cent of Canada's market, and expectations are the US won't go any lower.

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.

"To me, a lot of that is consistent with my suspicion that the US doesn't really want to get a deal [or] at least the [Trump] administration doesn't", he said, citing the leaked off-the-record comments Mr. Trump gave Bloomberg in late August when he said he was refusing to compromise with Canada and that any deal with Canada would be "totally on our terms".

"An early harvest in the area of technical barriers to trade" could come as soon as November, the office said, according to the Financial Times.

Speaking to reporters in Ottawa following an event at the Library and Archives, Brian Mulroney said he would be "surprised" if a new NAFTA deal did not see some concessions around supply management.

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