Canadian trade negotiators to brief PM Trudeau in person

Ivan Schwartz
September 14, 2018

The two sides have so far been unable to resolve their differences over US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

Former federal Canadian trade official Matthew Kronby said the reported American demands indicate to him that the White House doesn't really want to strike a deal with Canada.

A study commissioned by the Canadian Embassy says 9 million jobs "spread across every congressional district" are supported by the Canada-U.S. economic partnership.

US farmers complain Canada is flooding export markets.

Trump has already struck a deal with Mexico, NAFTA's third member, and has said he is prepared to leave Canada out of the revised deal if Ottawa fails to accept terms more favourable to the United States.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during an interview Tuesday with a Winnipeg radio station, CJOB, that there are certain positions Canada has and remain firm on.

Freeland and her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left the bargaining table Friday without a deal.

It was not clear when talks would resume on Thursday, and there were no immediate indications what progress may have been made in Wednesday's late session among staff.

Trump has raised pressure on Ottawa, threatening to impose duties on Canadian auto imports, which Trudeau said would be "devastating" for the Canadian auto sector.

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Uncertainly over the future of NAFTA, which underpins $1.2 trillion in trade, is weighing on markets as well as the Canadian and Mexican currencies. "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 past year by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder.

On Monday, Trudeau provided little information when asked by prominent USA journalist Katie Couric for an update on the negotiations during an on-stage interview.

Trudeau has been signalling in recent days that Canada might be prepared to show some flexibility there. Asked if it would be gone from a NAFTA deal, he said, "I think it should be.

These are complicated subjects and there's still some distance" separating the two sides, said one source close to the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe pending negotiations. "I can't read the tea leaves, but. coming back and saying, "Sorry, we couldn't get an agreement" is just too hard politically to manage" on both sides, Sosnow said.

"Maybe that helps us all put into perspective the negotiations that we're having and put into historical significance the relationship between Canada and the United States", Freeland said.

"There is no question Canada and Mexico are going to get a haircut and the best you can hope for when you get a haircut is that it looks stylish", Mr. Ujczo said. "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior global trade adviser for a Washington law firm.

Discussions weren't expected to get going again until the end of the week.

Canadian officials have said they are working on the assumption that they have until the end of September to make a deal.

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