Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks in Washington on Tuesday

Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks in Washington on Tuesday

The governing Liberal Party is holding its caucus retreat in Saskatoon on Wednesday and Thursday and it's not known whether Ms. Freeland will pause negotiations after Tuesday to head to the caucus meeting.

"The U.S. knows what Canada's tough issues are, so they're going to hold those to the end, and squeeze out concessions on every other issue they can", said Ujczo, who is regularly briefed on the talks.

Officials say the main sticking points are Canada's dairy quota regime, Ottawa's desire to keep a dispute-resolution mechanism, and Canadian media laws that favor domestically produced content.

A Canadian source with knowledge of the NAFTA discussions said an agreement is within reach - but they stressed that getting there will require flexibility from all sides.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at the Women in the World summit, was circumspect about the talks, saying only that he remains hopeful.

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On Monday, Trudeau provided little information when asked by prominent US journalist Katie Couric for an update on the negotiations during an on-stage interview. Couric asked Trudeau during the Women in the World Canada summit in Toronto. Couric continued: "I'm trying to make a little news here people".

On Monday, Lighthizer spent was in Brussels to meet with his counterpart European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström for the first time since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump officials to announce closure of Palestinian Liberation Organization office in DC: report Alibaba's Jack Ma to step down as chairman in 2019 Trump expected to soon declassify Carter Page, Bruce Ohr documents: report MORE and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed in July to discuss a possible trans-Atlantic trade deal. "We continue to work hard and we are positively optimistic that we can get to a win-win-win for all three countries". Freeland said she would meet with Lighthizer when negotiators found issues that needed to be elevated to the ministerial level. "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 previous year by Canada to price milk ingredients such as protein concentrates, skim milk and whole milk powder.

President Donald Trump warned Friday that he would impose 20-per-cent tariffs on auto imports from Canada if it does not agree to a "fair" deal, a move he said would bring "ruination" here.

Under that system, the US exports about $500 million of dairy products duty free to Canada - three times what it imports from here - but faces tariffs of up to 300 per cent for anything more.

He also warned that the USA and Mexico would move forward bilaterally without Canada.

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