Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday for talks aimed at rescuing the North American Free Trade Agreement as time was running short before an October 1 deadline.
The office of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed that she would be meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Tuesday, after their second week of last-minute talks ended Friday without an accord.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that Canada will defend the supply management system at the negotiating table."We will not get rid of supply management", he said in French during a pit stop in Oshawa Aug. 31.
Canada's foreign minister is to be in Saskatoon on Wednesday to update her fellow caucus members on the ongoing negotiations.
The U.S. and Canada are trying to reach an agreement by the end of September that would complete a revamped three-nation deal with Mexico that Congress may consider next year.
The Teamsters Canada believes that the best compromise is to conclude a new free trade agreement with the United States would be dropping the chapter 19 of the NAFTA.
As the two sides met, new economic data showed that the US trade deficit with Canada grew to $3.1 billion in July.
But if anything has encapsulated the shift since then, it has been the hard renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has dragged on for some 13 months already - and is only one part of the ongoing cross-border trade dispute.
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.
"Canada wants to make a deal". She said she spoke with Lighthizer over the weekend and they agreed it would be useful for them to meet again face to face.
Trump almost tore up the NAFTA pact previous year after visiting farmers in Wisconsin, a major US dairy producer that Washington says has been hurt by Canadian protectionism.
Daniel Ujczo, a US trade lawyer who has worked for both the Canadian and the USA governments, rejects the notion that Canada and the United States are at a stalemate. "That's important and that's been a success due to Canada and the United States working together and due to Mexico showing some significant flexibility over the summer", Freeland said. President Donald Trump, in a story that appeared in Automotive News Canada, said Friday that while "I don't want to do anything bad to Canada".
"I don't think President Trump will go to the mat over Chapter 19".
Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue meeting with her USA counterpart.
"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars, that's not who we are", Craft told the gathered crowd as she thanked Canada - and Gander - for playing host in 2001 to countless stranded American air passengers. "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior global trade adviser for a Washington law firm.
While President Trump has promised "punitive tariffs" if a deal is not reached, Trudeau says that Canada will not bend to threats.