Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump team, Canada resume talks to revamp NAFTA

Donald Trump President Donald Trump participates in an agricultural roundtable with members of Congress and state in April 2018. Official White House
Lloyd Bates | 07 September, 2018, 17:14

Trump said Thursday that he will not offer Canada any concessions in trade negotiations, but did not want to say that publicly because "it's going to be so insulting they're not going to be able to make a deal".

President Donald Trump may be insisting that the USA will be "better off" without a North American free trade deal that includes Canada, but American unions do not agree-and neither does the tech industry.

Trump lashed out at Canada after talks last week failed to yield a final deal. "There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal", he wrote on Twitter over the weekend. They were rushing to bridge their differences by the end of August so Canada could join a preliminary pact the USA had struck with Mexico just days earlier.

"The United States is very concerned about this policy", Lighthizer wrote earlier this year in his annual report on barriers to US trade.

The tentative deal struck with Mexico calls for a horizon of 16 years for the new terms, with provisions for a review of the revised pact every six years.

Canada wants a permanent exemption from Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs and the threat of auto tariffs to be removed.

"The atmosphere continues to be constructive and positive".

"Yes, Mr. Trump is going to say the worst things possible about Canada - even yesterday, he announced that the rest of the world is profiting from the United States - but that's rhetoric and we should not be too anxious about it", said Leblond.

The two lead ministers on NAFTA held lengthy meetings in Washington on Wednesday. A lot is riding on a new NAFTA deal.

USA officials told the American Congress on Friday it intends to present them with a trilateral deal. Nor had it made much of a ripple in public discussions on NAFTA, except during some testimony at a few US hearings, experts say.

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Lawrence Herman, a former Canadian diplomat who practices global trade law, said in an interview that although things have changed "mightily" since the original deal of the 1980s, the cultural exemption "is critical for Canada" in order to protect Canadian broadcasting, publishing, rules on Canadian content, and support for Canadian performing actors and artists in the recording industry.

"We live next door to an entertainment juggernaut that could easily roll over the whole Canadian cultural sector", he said. Without Canada, Republican lawmakers would be likely to scuttle any new NAFTA pact, The NYT report said. But the prime minister noted Canada has shown "a certain amount of flexibility in signing other trade deals". "That would not be good for Canada, it would not be good for our identity, it would not be good for our sovereignty".

Officials for both sides are scheduled to meet in Washington on Wednesday in a bid to settle some major differences.

Richard Trumka, the president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO, ) said Sunday that Canada needs to be on board, alongside the US and Mexico, due to existing economic integration across the continent.

One thing is clear: Congress could help determine who has leverage in this week's bilateral talks.

Last week, the United States and Mexico reached a preliminary agreement to replace the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

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

The debate over how and whether to include Canada in a new NAFTA that must be ratified by Congress illustrates Trump's political isolation in his trade wars, something both Chinese and European officials have noted. "The president can not pull America out of NAFTA without Congress's permission", Wyden said.

The overall goal is to reach a deal by December 1 so Congress can give its approval to a revised NAFTA before Mexico's new president takes office. The talks face an apparent deadline of the end of this month, when the administration must send the official text of any proposed trade deal to Capitol Hill.

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