CIO president: 'Hard to see' new NAFTA deal without Canada

03 September, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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The president also suggested he might leave Canada out of the new agreement - which would be called the "United States-Mexico Trade Agreement".

"I love Canada. But they've taken advantage of our country for many years".

In a reflection of the gravity of the situation, Trump abruptly canceled his golf game to keep working on a deal, according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. He has pledged to negotiate a better deal or withdraw from NAFTA altogether. Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto wanted to sign a deal before he left office December 1.

Others caution that Trump's tactics have badly damaged Canada-U.S. relations.

"If implemented it would be very progressive for Canadian workers and Canadian labour".

The U.S. -Mexico deal sought to end the mass exodus of manufacturing from the U.S., especially with automakers.

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But Daniel Ujczo, a trade attorney of the law firm Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio, and others say the flashpoints include trade barriers that protect Canadian dairy farmers and Ottawa's insistence on keeping NAFTA provisions for resolving disputes. Canada cited its ongoing disagreement with the USA over allegations it dumps lumber into America as a reason to keep the panels, they said.

Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a revamped deal in 90 days, amid negotiations that blew past the deadline imposed by the president. "If you break off one member of this agreement, you break it all, and that would be bad news for US businesses, for American jobs, and for economic growth", Donohue said. "So we've been aggressively pursuing an agreement that works for the workers in all three countries and I can say we're not done yet".

Freeland likewise shrugged off the time constraints. He said in a tweet issued on Saturday that it would be left of the new NAFTA if "fair deals for the US" isn't reached.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Trump ally, said he thought the president would get a deal that included Canada. But it might not be that easy.

Despite citing it in defense of Chapter 19, Canada is not seeking to resolve the softwood dispute or USA tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments as part of NAFTA talks this week, the Canadian officials said. It's not certain if Trump has the authority to codify a bilateral agreement with Mexico, and multiple Republican lawmakers, already skeptical of the president's trade policies, have indicated Canada needs to be part of a reimagined NAFTA that would need their Congressional approval.

"There is no NAFTA without Canada", said John Bozzella, president of Global Automakers, a trade group. While the law, on average, added an extra $33,000 to the coffers of the richest taxpayers, only two percent of workers reported receiving a pay increase or bonus after their corporate employers benefited enormously.

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