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Canada presses USA to resume NAFTA renegotiation talks

06 July 2018

It's Canada Day, a day of parties and celebrations of all things Canadian, but this year, the festivities may be eclipsed by concerns over the escalating trade war with the United States.

That effort is expected to intensify following Monday's election win by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has already said he supports the continued renegotiation of NAFTA and wants his own team of experts to be part of the talks before he takes office December 1.

"Given the current political climate, I don't think it would be appropriate", Fraser said in an emailed statement. I have a feeling he's going to be fine.

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. Canada is the United States' second-biggest trading partner in goods, just behind China. In a Fox News interview that aired Sunday, Trump said he was holding out until after the fall's midterm election to get a better deal for the U.S. "Make no mistake about it".

Canada continues to fight back against US tariffs, but people on the USA side of the border see a double standard when it comes to media coverage.

"Who would've thought that at the start of negotiations that the flexibility of Canada could be the most significant driver as to whether or not we get a NAFTA deal?" "Companies as large as General Motors and as small as Lucerne [International] are really talking about the direct impact of the number of people that they are going to be able to employ, and their financial profitability is very much at stake".

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The strongest Canadian trade actions since World War II will go in place on July 1 and stay until the USA removes the steel and aluminum restrictions, according to Canada's government.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Lopez Obrador by phone.

Canada's Building Trades Unions stands with the Trudeau Government in continuing to press the Trump Administration to rescind its misguided tariffs.

According to reports, Trump has warned that retaliatory tariffs by Canada could be met by a further round of tariffs on auto parts.

He said tariffs on the auto industry would increase the cost of a USA -built vehicle for an American buyer by as much as $3,000.

"Our priority has always been to conclude a mutually beneficial agreement as quickly as possible and that, I think, remains our goal", said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity about a matter they weren't authorized to discuss publicly.

Canada presses USA to resume NAFTA renegotiation talks