NAFTA deal must end Canada's milk protein scheme

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US, Canada still have work to do on NAFTA | TheHill

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will return to Washington on Tuesday to resume negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said told reporters after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerMcConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE that a deal is "eminently possible" but said she would not negotiate the pact in public, the CBC reported.

"It seems even if we give a lot, the USA keeps asking for more", said Mr. Kronby, an global trade lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of NAFTA entirely and the future of the trade agreement is still unclear as negotiations continue in Washington. Democrats hope to take control of the U.S. Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans in November congressional elections. They are aiming to complete a deal by the end of the month so that Mexico, Canada and the United States can sign an agreement by the end of November. "We'll see what happens, but in any event, things are working out very well".

"It allowed them to export milk solids on the world market and below prices that cut into our opportunity for our dairy people to have access to that world market", Perdue said.


A Canadian source with knowledge of the NAFTA discussions said an agreement is within reach - but they stressed that getting there will require flexibility from all sides.

USA officials say time is running out to agree on a text on which the current Congress can vote.

Freeland and Lighthizer left the bargaining table Friday without a deal following two weeks of negotiations.

Ottawa is also ready to make concessions on Canada's protected dairy market in a bid to save a dispute-settlement system, The Globe and Mail reported late on Tuesday.

Negotiators appear focused primarily on three key issues: dairy, culture and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.


Many argue that Canada has already made concessions in the sector to secure other trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the dairy industry is a relatively small part of the economy.

With the Mexico deal in hand, and Trudeau publicly indicating that Canada's red-line issues are Chapter-19 and cultural industries, the Americans have considerable leverage, he added.

Trudeau meets on Tuesday with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, which suspect he might be ready to sell them out. Earlier on Wednesday, the Trump administration's own anti-dumping duties on Canadian paper, used in books and newsprint, were thrown out by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

New chapters governing the digital economy and stronger intellectual property, labor and environmental standards could also work to the benefit of USA companies, possibly helping Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of creating more American jobs.


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