But Freeland came armed with her own numbers to rebut his claim, citing figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis in the Department of Commerce, which she said found Canada had an $8 billion deficit in overall trade with the U.S.
Freeland remains at odds with President Donald Trump on many things.
"Mr. President, your leadership has jump-started our economy".
Scrapping Nafta would badly hurt USA workers and industries, Mr Trudeau told Winnipeg radio station 680 CJOB.
Furthermore, 36 Republican Senators have now written US president Donald Trump asking that he "keep NAFTA in place, but modernize it" because that would serve to "expand energy exports to maximize domestic energy production" and along with other measures (including his corporate tax cuts) "fuel historic growth". Canada's challenge to USA anti-dumping and countervailing duties practices, launched at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on December 20, 2017, by requesting consultations with the United States, referencing systematic violations of relevant WTO rules in US trade remedies proceedings against Canadian exports and those of other countries had also increased tensions in the lead up to this round. Despite pressure from GOP lawmakers and business leaders, he's kept up the criticism since taking office. This approach is urged by most of the USA business community and, increasingly, leaders in Congress and state governments, as a result of a tremendous effort in recent months to educate farmers, policy makers and consumers about the importance of NAFTA.
And, in another hopeful sign, Lighthizer said the administration would request extension of trade promotion authority, which structures how the executive branch negotiates trade policy and submits agreements for approval to Congress.
Last week, he imposed tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels in his first major trade actions since withdrawing the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement within weeks of taking office past year.
"The best-case scenario is we renegotiate and agree on the deal", Cleroux said.
"Among Republican senators there's very, very strong support for staying in NAFTA". I think we have to be realistic. The latest round of Nafta talks wrapped up in Montreal on Monday, with all sides saying there had been progress, while acknowledging significant gaps remain on some issues.
Lower output means less employment after all the gains and losses are tallied: on balance 1.8 million workers would immediately lose their jobs in the first year with full termination and the return of MFN tariffs (see map above of job losses by state and table of job losses by industry).
Negotiators from the three countries have been meeting since August in hopes of rewriting the 24-year accord, which the president has repeatedly assailed as unfair to his working-class base. The cabinet member leading the negotiations made the point Friday.
The U.S. rejected this approach, arguing it would not do enough to force auto makers to use more vehicle parts manufactured on the continent.
In recent weeks, NAFTA supporters have flocked to the White House in an effort to educate the president on the downside of giving up on the deal. "Canada, for example, may use the negotiations to push for more predictability surrounding the approval of pipelines and power lines crossing into the USA, following years of squabbling over TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL project".
Political concerns were not far from negotiators' minds in Montreal. The next round will take place in Mexico in late-February.