Justin Trudeau says Canadians are tough negotiators

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The countries are working to reach an deal on how to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, after the US and Mexico reached their own deal last month.

A auto hauler heading for Detroit, Michigan, drives on the lane to Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, April 28, 2017.

- Tough talks - US President Donald Trump has been pushing for a complete overhaul of the 25-year-old continental trade deal, which he says has been a "rip-off" for the United States. "We agreed to that". "If Canada doesn't make a deal with us, we're going to make a much better deal - we're going to tax the cars that come in". "That you can be sure of", Lopez Obrador said. Some Democrats said they could not support a NAFTA trade deal without Canada.

In Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton have been taking part in an aggressive, long-distance, last-minute push to get a deal done over the weekend. It is unclear, however, whether Trump has authority from Congress to pursue a revamped NAFTA with only Mexico, and some lawmakers say they won't go along with a deal that leaves out Canada. The United States has said Mexico agreed to eliminate a system of settlement panels to arbitrate disputes over anti-dumping and anti-dumping tariffs. A spokesman for USTR did not respond to requests for comment on the talks.


Despite encouraging signs, it's still far from clear whether the federal government will end the day as part of a trilateral free trade deal with the USA and Mexico on the eve of a key congressional deadline.

By Monday morning "You'll have some news one way or the other", US trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News Sunday morning. "The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be", Trudeau told reporters on the way into a regular weekly cabinet meeting in Ottawa.

"Most of the big issues are solved with Canada", White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Saturday on Fox News. He said, "Yeah, I did". "We won't sign a bad deal for Canadians".

The United States and Mexico have already reached a consensus following bilateral negotiations.


The prime minister, the foreign affairs minister, and Canada's ambassador to the US are leading the Canadian negotiations from Ottawa, as the USA and Mexican imposed deadline of September 30 at midnight closes in.

The text is expected to conform to details previously released on tighter automotive rules requiring an increase in regional value content to 75 percent from 62.5 percent previously, with 40-45 percent coming from "high wage" areas, effectively the United States. "They know our position, and we will stick to those positions because they are important to our country", he said.

"Canada is the nation most at risk as Trump appears to be singularly focused on using the threat of auto tariffs as a way to force Prime Minister Trudeau into conceding on dairy and other provisions", Allen wrote.

The U.S. and Canada have been hung up on some core issues. It would also require automakers to use more local steel and other materials in their vehicles and establish a separate mandate for production in factories paying an hourly wage of at least $16, which will boost output in the US and Canada. "But the USA position is that the deadline is very real and there will be consequences for missing it". The Trump administration could face barriers in Congress if it tries to advance a deal without Canada.


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