Saturday, 15 December, 2018


NAFTA talks: Loosen protections on dairy sector, New York Republican says

Sainte-Marie-Madelaine Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Ryan Remiorz Sainte-Marie-Madelaine Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS Ryan Remiorz
Conrad Doyle | 14 September, 2018, 13:24

Major stumbling blocks for Ottawa and Washington remain: an global system for resolving disputes, Canada's protected dairy industry and Canadian cultural subsidies.

"In some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country".

US officials say time is running out to reach a deal that the current Congress can vote on. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.

Republican Tom Reed, a member of the Committee of ways and means of the House of representatives, said in a television interview broadcast on Sunday that provide a larger market access to u.s. dairy producers could appease president Donald Trump.

With so much uncertainty, Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have regularly been dogged by questions about the fate of NAFTA.

Freeland and her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left the bargaining table Friday without a deal. "The longer term is not almost as clear", said Ekos pollster Frank Graves."Trade wars are never good for the respective combatants and if this escalates it could have very deleterious economic impacts".

The U.S. has said it plans to present Congress with the deal it has with Mexico if Canada doesn't get on board.

He's optimistic that a revised trade deal will come, but the uncertainty is one reason he believes no new products have been announced for the CAMI plant.

Meanwhile, despite the "several" issues still in dispute, there is strong will on the USA side, especially, to wrap up the talks by Friday, trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said Monday.

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.

Trudeau has been signalling in recent days that Canada might be prepared to show some flexibility there.

"There is not going to be a deal - period - unless there is a compromise in that area because that is what he campaigned on and it's stuck to him and he's stuck with it", Mulroney said.

"We've taken those hits for team Canada, and we are determined that there be no further concessions on dairy", said David Wiens, vice president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. "Canada wants to make a deal".

"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars, that's not who we are", Craft told the gathered crowd as she thanked Canada - and Gander - for playing host in 2001 to countless stranded American air passengers. "They did some very hard work and the discussions over the weekend were, as they were at the beginning of this process, constructive and productive, and we decided it would be a good idea to have a meeting today".

Experts note that the desire to make a trade deal happen is influenced by upcoming political events, including the USA midterm elections in November, a transition of presidential power in Mexico in December and next year's Canadian election.

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