Former PM Mulroney urges Ottawa to make a deal on NAFTA

  • Former PM Mulroney urges Ottawa to make a deal on NAFTA

Former PM Mulroney urges Ottawa to make a deal on NAFTA

Canada and the US are trying to finalize a text that could be submitted to Congress by the end of the month to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico.

Austen, asked whether Freeland might return to Washington later in the week, said no decisions had been taken.

"Canada wants to make a deal".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top US trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down.

Recently, on August 31, Robert E. Lighthizer, Trump's NAFTA negotiator, said in a statement that "today the president notified the Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico - and Canada, if it is willing - 90 days from now".

"We have all been dealing in good faith", he said.

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.

Earlier in the day, she noted that Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks to drive home a point about the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

"When it comes to Trump tweets there's a discount premium to them", said Carleton University professor and foreign policy expert Fen Hampson, who advises Trudeau to "hunker down, say nothing, not rise to the bait".

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.

"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.

But Wiens said concessions made in Canada's CP-TPP free-trade deal with Pacific nations and the CETA agreement with Europe have already forced his members to give up an extra five per cent of the market - a $250 million loss.

But U.S. economists argue the dispute resolution is "on the balance".

"It can't be renamed something or called something else", Perdue said when asked about dairy concessions needed to reach a NAFTA deal, referring to a new milk class created past year by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder. 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. "He's railed against this thing (NAFTA) and they've been at the negotiating table for now over a year".

Ottawa and Washington are trying to reach an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month's end. "He doesn't need any more problems, particularly when he's going into an election campaign with a vote in November that could be extremely challenging for him".