Ottawa eager to restart NAFTA talks, even if Trump’s in no rush

Canada not helping itself by hitting US with tariffs White House

Canada not helping itself by hitting US with tariffs White House

Trump has also tried to pressure Canada and Mexico into agreeing to rewrite the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement to shift more auto production and investment to the United States.

A government official familiar with the plan says now that Mexico's presidential election is done, Ottawa wants to restart talks as soon as possible, even though Trump says he won't sign a new deal until after us voters go to the polls in November.

"NAFTA, I could sign it tomorrow, but I'm not happy with it", Trump told Maria Bartiromo of the Fox Business Network on Sunday. Well see where it goes.”.

Trump has clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade, with the USA president tweeting last month after departing the G-7 meetings in Quebec that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest".

Canada continues to fight back against USA tariffs, but people on the US side of the border see a double standard when it comes to media coverage.

NAFTA has been in effect since the beginning of 1994, but renegotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico started past year and are still ongoing.

"Escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada, and it only hurts American workers". The Trudeau government has described Canada's retaliation as dollar-for-dollar, reciprocal tariffs that target steel, aluminum as well as a long list of consumer goods.

Kentucky bourbon is among the dozens of consumer products that have been slapped with tariffs by Ottawa as part of its retaliation for US duties on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Asked about the high-profile people who declined to attend, Leslie said: "The great news is that we can live in a country where people can make such choices to either or not attend a social function".

"Canada, you're not going to get 275 per cent for your dairy and you're going to take down all your barriers", he said as an example.

"Do you know what happened? That is why we urge all elected officials in the United States to stand up and push to rescind this short-sighted policy", says Blakely.

Gomez, who said he has campaigned with Lopez Obrador, will be advising the president to use the U.S. government's security interests as leverage in the ongoing trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

Trudeau has insisted the USA president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-management system, which is created to protect dairy, poultry and egg producers.

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