Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

NAFTA: "store supply management, " said Teamsters Canada

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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.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top USA trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down.

Freeland will spend Tuesday in the USA capital before she heads to Saskatoon to attend Liberal caucus meetings that begin later in the day and run through Thursday.

The U.S. and Mexico worked out a preliminary agreement last month, but Canada has yet to agree to the terms presented by the u-s.

The talks are focused on USA demands to scrap the so-called Chapter-19 dispute resolution mechanism in NAFTA, overturn some of Canada's current "carve-out" of cultural industries from free-trade rules and loosen protections under the dairy sector's supply management system. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.

Although issues related to autos, such as the USA push to boost North American content in vehicles, have been a major part of the negotiations, other issues, particularly a desire for more US access to Canada's dairy market and Canadian insistence on maintaining NAFTA's dispute resolution system, are believed to be some of the major remaining sticking points. "And if we don't sign the deal, it's because no deal is actually better than a bad deal for Canada".

Concerned hopefulness seems to be a good description for the many Canadians awaiting the outcome of negotiations to update trade arrangements among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Meanwhile, despite the "several" issues still in dispute, there is strong will on the US side, especially, to wrap up the talks by Friday, trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said Monday.

Speaking on C-SPAN, Perdue said USA farmers don't have the same access to Canada that Canada has to the US, specifically referring the Class 7 dairy products in Canada.

"And one of the things that I think we are accomplishing in this agreement is a better deal for Canadian and USA workers in the auto sector. I think it will be gone".

"And the word that continues to block the deal is m-i-l-k, OK?", Kudlow said during an appearance last week on "Varney & Co.", a Fox Business Network show.

"Maybe that helps us all put into perspective the negotiations that we're having - and also put into a little bit of historical perspective the importance and the significance of the relationship between Canada and the United States", she said of the anniversary.

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

The two countries will meet in Washington on Tuesday to decide how they'll include the U.S.'s agreement with Mexico into the deal.

Trudeau, facing elections in 2019, said on Sunday (June 10) that Canada "will not be pushed around", triggering a fierce attack from Trump and his advisers, on Tuesday (June 12). "That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks.

President Donald Trump has made it very clear that American farmers are a priority, Mulroney said - adding Trump needs a "victory" for them.

"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars".

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