Canadian trade negotiators to brief PM Trudeau in person

14 September, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, arrives at the Office of The United States Trade Representative in Washington on Tuesday.

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.

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.

After her stop in Washington, Freeland is due to attend this week's meetings of the governing Liberal Party of Canada in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Canada and the United States have been negotiating since August 28 after Washington unveiled a proposed North American free-trade deal with Mexico and pressed Canada to sign on or be left out.

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The former Conservative prime minister, who negotiated the original Canada-U.S.

The trade talks were overshadowed in Washington by the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and Freeland took the opportunity to tout the importance of the US-Canada relationship.

The back and fourth of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations continued Tuesday on both sides of the border.

After more than a year of negotiations, Canada and the United States are still trying to resolve bilateral differences over NAFTA, an accord that also includes Mexico.

"So if we don't find some way to accommodate some of that, then we're not going to have a deal".

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The two sides have so far been unable to break an impasse over, among other issues, US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"It can't be renamed something or called something else", Perdue said when asked about dairy concessions needed to reach a NAFTA deal, referring to a new milk class created a year ago by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder.

Data released on Wednesday showed the USA trade deficit hit a five-month high of $50 billion.

"At the end of the day, we're neighbors", Freeland said.

"I think it's something that we obviously have to be aware the president is contemplating". "The ruination of the country", Trump said at an event in North Dakota. "I can't read the tea leaves, but. coming back and saying, "Sorry, we couldn't get an agreement" is just too hard politically to manage" on both sides, Sosnow said. "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior worldwide trade adviser for a Washington law firm.

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