NAFTA deal must end Canada's milk protein scheme

Alicia Cross
September 14, 2018

A political deadline in Mexico to sign the deal by December 1, plus requirements in American law have put pressure on Canada to join the pact by the end of this month at the latest.

"I would be very surprised if Canada can achieve a negotiated, successful free trade deal with the United States without showing flexibility on supply management, he said".

"So if we don't find some way to accommodate some of that, then we're not going to have a deal".

"If (Trump) goes to Congress with a bilateral arrangement with Mexico, he's got problems - real problems", Mulroney said.

They oversaw the last two weeks of talks but the sides were unable to resolve their differences over USA access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada in the original NAFTA and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism. "It would be a good modernized deal if Canada is brought into it". Freeland said she would meet with Lighthizer when negotiators found issues that needed to be elevated to the ministerial level.

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.

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.

"The atmosphere is absolutely professional", she said.

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"Canada has been ripping us off for a long time".

"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.

"We're negotiating all this at once". While China/US tensions have seemed to support the dollar, with the US seeing as to have the upper hand, NAFTA progress should be CAD and commodities which would ultimately weigh on the greenback and potentially lift the price of gold - well, at least that is what we have seen in the late hours of US trade.

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

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer takes part in a joint news conference on the closing of the seventh round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City, Mexico March 5, 2018.

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

If this time frame holds true, Canada and the USA have roughly until the end of November to reach a deal over these contentious negotiations.

The uncertainty over the fate of NAFTA, in light of a tentative U.S. -Mexico trade deal, has not gone away even as trade experts note that members of Congress, concerned about the trade ties between the two countries, may help ensure that a final deal includes Canada. "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".

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