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Trump team, Canada resume talks to revamp NAFTA

A New NAFTA Without Canada? Unions and Tech Push Back Against Trump's Mexico-Only Deal

The U.S. and Mexico have struck a new NAFTA deal but Canada is still negotiating, with talks expected to resume Wednesday.

"Trump said August 27 he had made a limited bilateral trade agreement with Mexico - though Canada can join and talks on the question are planned".

Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau raised their trade brinkmanship to a new level Wednesday with each saying they were willing to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement if they don't get what they want.

Talks with Canada aimed at bringing the top United States trading partner into the tentative deal struck with Mexico broke off Friday without success, but the parties agreed to continue talks this week.

Trump has notified Congress that he intends to sign a trade deal reached last week with Mexico by the end of November and officials said the text would be published by around October 1. "It emptied out factories and plants all over the United States". A lot is riding on a new NAFTA deal. "And it's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal". She said she hoped for "constructive conversations" Wednesday.

The tone of the NAFTA renegotiation "has painted the USA as an antagonist that has to be handled", he says.

The text of the new trade deal still remains largely under wraps.

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal with Mexico that excludes Canada.

No amount of public assurances from the foreign affairs minister about returning to the table with U.S.

Canadian and US negotiators could not reach a deal to meet Trump's deadline last Friday.

"We will not sign a deal that is bad for Canadians, and quiet frankly, not having a Chapter 19 to ensure the rules are followed would be bad for Canadians", he said. "We have a president that doesn't always follow the rules as they're laid out", Trudeau said in a radio interview. Canadian officials have repeatedly said that demand is a non-starter for Canada.

Which of these should Canada compromise on to save NAFTA?

"That would not be good for Canada, it would not be good for our identity, it would not be good for our sovereignty". Trudeau insisted that Canada has shown flexibility on dairy in other trade agreements and will take the appropriate steps with its close trading partner.

"We are going to continue to negotiate in good faith", he said, adding he believes a "win-win-win" outcome is possible for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

In the USA, businesses, farmers, unions and Congress insistent that there must be a three-nation agreement.

Anyone who followed the 2016 US presidential election knew that Donald Trump was determined to terminate NAFTA. Team Trump want to sign an agreement with the current Mexican government, not the one headed by leftist President Obrador that will replace it December 1, and that would be pressured by its supporters to ask for changes.

With little appreciable price to be paid in higher tariffs for Canadian exports, Canada-U.S. trade would be fully covered by World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

"The president needs to take a look at the Constitution - it gives Congress authority over trade".

On Saturday, Trump said there is "no political necessity" to keep Canada in NAFTA and he warned Congress not to interfere or he would kill the pact. Trump announced a new deal with Mexico on Monday, and on Friday formally notified Congress that he meant to execute a new agreement in 90 days after talks broke down with Canadian officials.