Freeland, Lighthizer to meet on NAFTA after long night for negotiators

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Freeland told reporters as she headed in for a second day of talks with US trade negotiator Robert Lighthgizer that officials from both sides had worked on technical issues overnight. If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out. Dawson said Canada has also looked at other policy instruments to protect Canadian cultural industries, such as the deal Ottawa did with Netflix to develop Canadian content. "There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal", he wrote on Twitter over the weekend.

Global stock markets fell Wednesday as trade tensions resurfaced ahead of more talks between the United States and Canada on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement.

During a brief break in the talks, Freeland emerged to say that Canada will stand up for its "national identity" in areas such as media.

Both sides are feeling pressure to finalize a deal.

Trump has notified Congress that he intends to sign the trade deal reached last week with Mexico by the end of November, and officials said the text would be published by around October 1.

US and Canadian diplomats will now see whether they can resolve a host of issues that have bedeviled their efforts to overhaul the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement for more than a year.

"There's political consensus in Canada to keep the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism, and if the government goes back on its position it will be bad for Mr. Trudeau and his government", said Antonia Maioni, a political scientist at McGill University in Montreal.


The Americans and Mexicans are in a hurry to sign a deal before United States midterm elections in November and the transfer of power to Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the following month.

Trudeau said Tuesday during a press conference to announce funding for transit in Surrey, B.C., that Canada would not sign onto a North American Free Trade Agreement that does not include a dispute resolution mechanism and exemptions for cultural industries. He told an Alberta radio station that Canada would insist on keeping a NAFTA provision for settling disputes "because that ensures that the rules are actually followed".

US officials did not comment after Wednesday's meeting, which came after Trump said he was willing to dump Canada from the $1.2 trillion three-country trade pact after he reached agreement with Mexico last week.

"A stronger us dollar which is bad for emerging markets, not good for trade, commodities are all weaker and as a result Canadian equity markets are in the red for the most part".

The central bank discussed whether the gradual approach to raising rates that it has been taking over the past year remained appropriate, Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins said in a speech. "We'll see, and that depends on the kinds of negotiations we have", he said. She compared the trade negotiation to the advice a midwife gave her on giving birth: "You never knew for sure how many contractions it would take to give birth to your child but you knew that each contraction was one contraction closer to the end". Free Trade Agreement signed in 1987. "The president can not pull America out of NAFTA without Congress' permission", Wyden said in a statement.

Talks on renegotiating the NAFTA began in August 2017 as Trump threatened to withdraw from the trilateral trade deal, which he claimed harmed USA industries and jobs.

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