Canada's Freeland says U.S. NAFTA talks still constructive, productive

Kenny Grant
September 14, 2018

Canada is ready to offer the United States limited access to the Canadian dairy market as a concession in negotiations to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, two Canadian sources with direct knowledge of Ottawa's negotiating strategy said on Tuesday.

She said the talks were at a point where discussing them face-to-face with the prime minister "is absolutely essential".

Freeland will spend Tuesday in the USA capital before she heads to Saskatoon to attend Liberal caucus meetings that begin later in the day and run through Thursday.

Canada and the United States have been negotiating since August 28 after Washington unveiled a proposed North American free-trade deal with Mexico and pressed Canada to sign on or be left out.

He also warned that the USA and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.

Freeland added that to achieve a NAFTA deal, "It's going to take flexibility on all sides".

Even with the top players away from the table, negotiators have continued their efforts to find common ground on a NAFTA 2.0. "You can't fix NAFTA without fixing issues with Canada", said Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees trade.

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Yet, he stressed that "if we sign the deal it'll be. for Canada and Canadians". She said she spoke with Lighthizer over the weekend and they agreed it would be useful for them to meet again face to face.

The two sides have so far been unable to break an impasse over, among other issues, USA access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"And one of the things that I think we are accomplishing in this agreement is a better deal for Canadian and USA workers in the auto sector".

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. President Donald Trump, in a story that appeared in Automotive News Canada, said Friday that while "I don't want to do anything bad to Canada".

"I think it's something that we obviously have to be aware the president is contemplating". "We're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win, win, win that we know is there", he said in the interview.

"And the word that continues to block the deal is m-i-l-k, OK?", Kudlow said during an appearance last week on "Varney & Co.", a Fox Business Network show. "That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks.

"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".

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