Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Mexican Vote, Trump Bluster, Won't Derail NAFTA Progress: Ottawa

Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began Outgoing leader Enrique Pena Nieto has had the lowest poll ratings since records began
Laurie Berry | 06 July, 2018, 13:58

Now that Mexico's presidential election is done, Ottawa wants negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement to restart as soon as possible, one government official familiar with the plan said on condition of anonymity.

But that effort has stalled, and Trump said on Sunday that he didn't expect a deal that he could support until after the United States midterm elections in November. "We'll see where it goes".

However, Trump imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports of the U.S.in March has strained relations between the three countries.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland framed the new trade barriers as a necessary evil to ensure Trump doesn't think he can push around his neighbor without facing consequences.

"I never want to advocate for nations putting up tariffs that thwart economic growth and thwart job creation, either here or elsewhere, but that's what's happening between the United States and Canada", he said.

Talks between Mexico, Canada and the United States to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement began in August previous year and are still underway. The Trudeau government has described Canada's retaliation as dollar-for-dollar, reciprocal tariffs that target steel, aluminum as well as a long list of consumer goods.

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According to data from the Bureau of Transportation, US freight flows within the NAFTA region totalled US$102.7bn in April, with four of the five major transportation modes carrying more freight by value with Canada and Mexico than a year earlier.

Asked about the high-profile people who declined to attend, Leslie said: "The great news is that we can live in a country where people can make such choices to either or not attend a social function".

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said during her daily press briefing in Washington.

On Ottawa's tariffs on US goods, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that it does nothing to help Canada and only hurts American workers. "The president is working to fix the broken system, and he's going to continue pushing for that".

He said he hoped the Americans would resume NAFTA talks because Canada is ready to get back to the table.

Trudeau has insisted the USA president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of Canada's refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-management system, which is created to protect dairy, poultry and egg producers.

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