Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland gave a cold shoulder to U.S. President Donald Trump and cozied up instead to her American trade counterpart Friday as Canada's effort to re-enter the North American free-trade fold fell short of meeting its end-of-week deadline.
The White House had faced a Friday deadline to provide Congress with the necessary 90-day notice that it meant to enter into a new trade agreement with Canada and still have the new NAFTA deal signed by December 1.
President Trump criticized the leader of the nation's largest union federation on Monday, escalating the feud between the administration and organized labor amid crucial negotiations for both sides over the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa introduced retaliatory taxes on U.S. imports of steel, aluminum and such goods as whiskey, orange juice and other food products. "These are deals which have been reworked to the advantage of the United States, but there are no more such renegotiations planned. this NAFTA negotiation is special - it's the last in the renegotiations that he wanted to undertake". Trump announced earlier this week that the United States and Mexico had reached a tentative trade agreement, and added that he would be terminating the existing NAFTA arrangement.
Fast-forward to Thursday, when Trump told reporters for Bloomberg that he was deliberately undermining the negotiations with Canada by refusing to make any concessions. I am used to it. "It also seems to be working in Turkey; it seems to be working in Iran; it seems to be working in Russia where the sanctions are really hurting the Russian economy as well".
The new NAFTA includes a higher percentage of locally-produced components in autos, a requirement that a percentage of vehicles must come from high wage factories, tougher worker protections and a provision to review the 16-year deal every six years.
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"Our officials are continuing to work towards an agreement".
Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wanted to sign a deal before he left office December 1. "And they absolutely do bring good faith and goodwill to the negotiating table".
"There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new Nafta deal". The U.S. has tremendous upside potential as we go about fixing some of the worst Trade Deals ever made by any country in the world.
But Daniel Ujczo, a trade attorney of the law firm Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio, and others say the flashpoints include trade barriers that protect Canadian dairy farmers and Ottawa's insistence on keeping NAFTA provisions for resolving disputes. But Canada's dairy industry - backed by Quebec politicians of all stripes - is adamant that it won't stand for the government allowing the US any more market access, saying it has compromised enough on past trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim countries. According to a study on the deal effects back in 2013, NAFTA was directly responsible for raising the United States trade deficit with Mexico from $17 billion to $177 billion, and cost the United States over 850,000 jobs.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the dispute between US and Canada hinges on agricultural and media protection policies, as well as the installation of a system that would allow any of the three countries in the agreement to challenge tariffs imposed by one of the others.