'Heated rhetoric' expected during NAFTA talks, Canadian officials say

Javier Stokes
August 25, 2017

All parties have a long and proven track record of fruitfully negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs).

The Trade Campaigner for the Council, Sujata Dey points out other concerns, "It is very unsafe that the Liberal government is going to put CETA procurement provisions in NAFTA, which will get rid of buy local policies".

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray referred to Trump's NAFTA commentary as a negotiating tactic, according to a report by Reuters. "They have made such great deals, both of the countries, but in particular, Mexico, that I don't think we can make a deal", Trump said. "We're not going to get rattled by this".

Gary Blundell, program manager for the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, said he's hoping that whatever Canada is pushing for might include something to protect the Porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that the herd relies on.

California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said those priorities are in line with what farmers in the Golden State would like to see.

"But if he threatens something and you overreact, he is going to come back and double down on it".

"They could be sued because somebody could argue that they made investments here, so you owe us".

It's not the first time Trump has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA. Luc Laliberté, who teaches U.s. history at Cégep Garneau in Quebec city, told TVA News that the remarks of Donald Trump's put the negotiators in a hard context.

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During opening remarks at the start of the renegotiation talks, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said NAFTA "has fundamentally failed many Americans and needs major improvements", adding that Trump isn't interested in "a mere tweaking" of a few provisions and chapters.

Amid President Trump's comments, investors also awaited speeches from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi at the Jackson Hole summit on Friday, though neither was expected to announce new policy messages.

Taylor said the Charlottesville violence and the criticism of Trump's reaction to it are leading to an increase in pressure on Mexico. "Congress has not repealed that legislation, and they've given no indication they intend to".

Mexico could have the most to lose if the pact unspools, as the country has been Trump's prime target.

"Ideally, the process will wrap up quickly", Grassley said during a teleconference. "Trudeau should be fixing NAFTA's existing problems, instead of creating new ones".

"We need to prepare for what we would do if NAFTA isn't there", said Hoback.

"We can not ignore the huge trade deficits, the lost manufacturing jobs, the businesses that have closed or moved because of incentives - intended or not - in the current agreement", he said. "But getting there can be a little messy and uncomfortable", she said recently.

Those numbers include products that travelled though the U.S., Mexico and Yukon and on to other destinations. "This is something the Liberals have to give direction about".

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