Friday, 21 September, 2018

Canada Ready to Allow US Dairy Access in NAFTA Talks

Donald Trump listens to the opening prayer during Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman's Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House NAFTA Talks To Resume This Week
Priscilla Morrison | 14 September, 2018, 00:42

"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".

Representatives from both sides have expressed their preference to keep a NAFTA deal intact.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters gathered in Washington where she is meeting now with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that the memory and reflections of that day should drive home the significance of the relationship between Canada and the United States.

"I think we understand there are certain issues on which we will need to compromise", one of the sources said when asked about increased dairy access for the USA industry.

"There's an opportunity to update NAFTA and we're happy to do it, but as I've said it has to be the right deal, it has to be a good deal", he said.

"Having said all of that, nothing is done until everything is done" - and that says it all really, but US officials have said time is running out to agree on a text that can be signed by American, Canadian and Mexican leaders by November 30, before the current Mexican government leaves office.

"It is very important to inform" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in person about the latest developments, she added.

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Trump almost tore up the NAFTA pact past year after visiting farmers in Wisconsin, a major USA dairy producer that Washington says has been hurt by Canadian protectionism.

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. "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.

"We're negotiating all this at once". Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.

Wednesday was the first day that negotiations between the two countries resumed after four intensive days of talks last week ended without a deal on Friday after the mood soured.

"We're looking for a deal which is good for Canadians, which is good for Canadian workers, which is good for Canadian families (and) good for Canadian farmers", Freeland said on "The West Block". His announcement came with an ultimatum for Canada - join the U.S. -Mexico pact or suffer the consequences of punishing American tariffs on the auto sector. "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 a year ago by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder.

The hope is for a trilateral agreement in principle that Congress can approve before Mexico's new president takes office on December 1.

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