Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

14 September, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Sally Reid
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What trade scholars like me know is that Trump does not have the upper hand in these negotiations. "It would be a good modernized deal if Canada is brought into it". "I think there will be agreement on NAFTA based on the benefit to all three national economies". However, Canada does not seem to be feeling any sense of impending doom - and for good reason.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he thought the Friday deadline could be met. "No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal".

Holt adds that Mexico has left it entirely to Canada to stand up for a dispute resolution by agreeing to eliminate it, and only keep some safeguards. A bilateral deal announced by the United States and Mexico on Monday was a breakthrough that infused renewed optimism around a new NAFTA.

Trudeau and his team of negotiators are not going to sing to the tune of Trump's tweets.

Canada's politically powerful dairy farmers are likely to resist changes to the price controls and high tariffs that protect them from foreign competition.

"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars".

"Without Chapter 19, NAFTA is utterly useless as it would subject Canada and Mexico to the vagaries of the USA political system and its courts when determining trade policy actions", said Derek Holt, vice-president at Scotiabank Economics, in a note recently.

On Canadian soil, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft was expressing much the same sentiment. Both countries need each other.

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The latest talks between Canada and the United States have been intense but constructive, marking a departure from acrimonious tit-for-tat that surrounded past rounds.

New chapters governing the digital economy and stronger intellectual property, labor and environmental standards could also work to the benefit of US companies, possibly helping Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of creating more American jobs.

Take the automobile industry as an example: If Canada was left out of NAFTA, vehicle prices could rise in the US due to proposed new tariffs on Canadian autos.

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.

Former federal Canadian trade official Matthew Kronby said the reported American demands indicate to him that the White House doesn't really want to strike a deal with Canada.

Canada has reportedly offered to make concessions to its protected dairy industry, which has come under repeated attack from Trump, in an effort to retain Chapter 19.

And it's not just cars.

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