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Canada 'will be out' of trade deal unless it's 'fair'

03 September, 2018, 20:45 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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He also warned Congress not to interfere in the talks, which are set to continue on Monday.

"The U.S. has tremendous upside potential as we go about fixing some of the worst Trade Deals ever made by any country in the world".

"If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", Trump said via Twitter, threatening to terminate the 24-year-old trilateral trade deal. Or is it that Trump was clearly negotiating in bad faith all week with a major trading partner, ally, and neighbor-you know, the kind of behavior that not only sank this trade deal but makes every other future negotiation and communication between Ottawa and Washington more fraught?

"Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED", Trump wrote - ignoring the fact that the remarks were reported via an anonymous source by the Star, unencumbered by any such restrictions.

Canada restarted talks in Washington this week by trying to preserve the so-called Chapter 19 anti-dumping panels in the North American Free Trade Agreement, three Canadian officials familiar with talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions are private. But leaders on both sides, including President Donald Trump, have expressed optimism over the general direction of talks since Canada rejoined this week.

Canada is the No. 1 destination for American products shipped overseas, and more than 8 million U.S.jobs are supported by trade with Canada, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Neither U.S. nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

A major sticking point for Canada is that the deal eliminated the settlement system for anti-dumping disputes, NAFTA's Chapter 19.

United States last nail in frozen Pak aid
Pakistan is still believed to have the strongest influence over the Taliban, making its cooperation necessary for peace talks. Trump used his first tweet of 2018 to attack the Pakistani government saying they shelter the "terrorists we hunt".

"I think all three countries have worked together very productively and we're getting more and more excited about the results", a senior U.S. official told reporters.

It is still unclear whether the United States and Canada will work out their differences in the next few weeks.

Union membership nationwide has fallen markedly from the 1970s, with the percentage of American workers in a union dropping from about 25 percent in the 1970s to less than 11 percent in 2017, according to survey data.

"So what we're pushing right now, and we are working with [United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer] is, is a way to let us effectively monitor what's going on on the ground and then enforce the agreement, regardless of who's in the White House", he said. That letter started a 90-day required notice period for Congress before the president can legally sign a new deal.

"We are looking for a good deal, not just any deal", Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters earlier this week.

Mr. Trump wants Canada to end its tariffs on dairy products, which can run almost 300 percent. "So workers really aren't doing that well". The deal also proposes requiring a significant portion of automobile parts - 75 percent - be made in the USA and Mexico.

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