USA will sign trade deal with Mexico, continue Canada talks

Hugh Fox
September 1, 2018

Here are the next procedural steps to move forward with the deal and the outstanding issues that need to be resolved between the U.S. and Canada.

"I think Canada's going to make a deal at some point". "We'll only agree to a deal that's good for Canada".

The minister is expected to announce that her intense days-long talks with her American counterpart are progressing well, but that they will take a break for the long weekend and resume next week.

With free trade talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico on hold for the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump came out swinging against his northern neighbour.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, and Mexican Secretary of Economy Idelfonso Guajardo, right, walk to the White House, in Washington, Aug. 27, 2018.

"There have been no concessions by Canada on agriculture", he said.

"I've always said I will protect and defend supply management".

The Canadian dairy industry is only about a tenth the size of the United States industry, said Mike von Massow, a food economist at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

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After the talks ended Friday, Trump sent an official notification to Congress that he intends to enter into a trade agreement with Mexico - "and with Canada if it is willing, in a timely manner, to meet the high standards for free, fair and reciprocal trade contained therein". "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out". "We're not there yet".

It's unclear where Canada and the USA stand in negotiations and whether NAFTA talks could soon come to a close.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country is good at finding compromises, but also needs to stand for their national interests.

"Our starting positions at the beginning were very far apart".

She later reminded, 'Canada will only sign a deal which is a good deal for Canada'. Is it that Trump knew it was important to keep his negotiating strategy a secret, and then immediately blabbed about it to a reporter? "And we're working hard to find that win-win space".

Dairy has emerged as a significant sticking point at the NAFTA table, where USA officials are demanding its northern neighbour open its market up to American milk products.

Trump argues Canada's hefty dairy tariffs are hurting US farmers, an important political base for his Republican Party - though his tariff actions against China have virtually eliminated USA soybean sales there.

The report said Mr. Trump had told Bloomberg in remarks that were not to be reported that he is not making compromises in trade negotiations with Canada.

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Members of Congress, including many in Trump's own Republican Party, say a deal must include Canada to be approved under a legislative tool that allows a simple yes-or-no vote in Congress.

"But eventually, I'm sure that we'll be able to work out a deal with China". The Impala is built at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont.

President Trump responded to a Toronto Star story about off-the-record comments he was alleged to have made about trade talks with Canada in an interview with Bloomberg News Thursday.

I'm not sure which part is more alarming, to be honest. I am used to it.

"I love Canada, but they've taken advantage of our Country for many years!"

Meanwhile, in Quebec, the leaders of that province's main political parties urged the Trudeau government to defend supply management.

Where consumers could see some benefit, though, is through changes to rules governing trade in dairy products, she said.

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