Canada pushing for intensive NAFTA talks

Canada pushing for intensive NAFTA talks

"We talked about border security, trade, NAFTA, we talked about a separate deal, just Mexico and the United States", Trump says about conversation with newly elected Mexican president Lopez Obrador. Now that Mexicos presidential election is done, Ottawa wants negotiations on the North America Free Trade Agreement to restart as soon as possible, one government official familiar with the plan said on condition of anonymity.

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

"It's our chance to go and celebrate Independence Day with the Americans and demonstrate we're friends", said Bezan.

Especially after Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and called out Canada's dairy industry.

The Trudeau Government announced that in direct, measured and proportional response to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, reciprocal surtaxes on $16.6 billion of imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the United States will come into effect July 1, 2018.

But the NAFTA talks have been stalled for several weeks and Lopez Obrador enters the scene as tensions between Canada and the United States have intensified as the two countries have become embroiled in a trade dispute. 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.

Once automotive issues are addressed, the remaining NAFTA sticking points will largely be between Canada and the USA - and it's an open question how much room Trudeau will have to manoeuvre Trudeau in areas like government procurement, supply management and intellectual property.

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".

The $16.6-billion in levies on American goods are in retaliation to USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and are on a number of every-day items you might pick up at the grocery store. He's insisted they've hurt American farmers.

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

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said that she spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer six times last week and that she wants NAFTA talks to kick into a higher gear this summer. Analysts say Congress is unlikely to pass the legislation because it would give more authority to the president on trade matters.