Sources close to the NAFTA negotiations say Canada is prepared to offer concessions similar to those it gave to the European Union and Pacific Rim nations.
Smith Ramos did not give a specific deadline, however, the Mexican administration wants the trade talks dealt with before their next government is sworn in in December.
A leader of a Canadian labor organization trolled President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Carolina detention centers say it will not relocate inmates in mandatory evacuation zones Letitia James routs three Dems to win New York AG primary Trump slams Kerry for "illegal" meetings with Iran MORE on Twitter Thursday afternoon over the president's threat to remove Canada from a planned trade agreement that included the US and Mexico.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday it was "eminently possible" that the United States and Canada would reach a deal to keep Ottawa in a revamped US-Mexican agreement announced in late August.
The two sides are still arguing over cultural protections, a USA demand for more access to the Canadian dairy market and a dispute resolution mechanism that Canada wants to keep and Washington insists be scrapped.
"We have seen various deadlines put forward as markers to work for", Mr. Trudeau said during a wrap-up of a governing Liberal Party retreat in Saskatoon. Some members of the U.S. Congress have also threatened to hold up a deal that excludes Canada.
The prime minister made it clear that he won't be rushed into accepting a deal that's not in Canada's best interests.
The president called out Canada during the event, accusing the country of saying it is "good friends" with the US yet having bad trade practices.
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They are focused on "a broad range of issues" that "will have a direct impact on Canadians' jobs, on our economic growth and our prospects", he said. Republican senators have been highly critical of such a scenario, with some going so far as to suggest Trump does not have legal authority to turn the three-country NAFTA into a bilateral deal between the USA and Mexico.
"These are things that we're working on very seriously, rolling up our sleeves on".
The president signaled a harsher tone towards Canada on trade issues earlier this month, tweeting that America should not have to "buy" its friends with trade agreements that do not benefit American consumers.
"I expect we'll probably have several more sessions".
Trudeau's comments came at the end of a caucus retreat aimed at plotting strategy for next week's resumption of Parliament and laying the ground work for the run up to next year's federal election.
Trump has notified Congress he intends to sign the trade deal reached last week with Mexico by the end of November, and officials said the text would be published by around October 1.
He shrugged off Mr. Trump's suggested new name for NAFTA, saying it's not something he's thought about.
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