Canada not making concessions needed for a NAFTA deal, says U.S.

Irving Hamilton
September 25, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday took a cautious line over talks to update NAFTA, saying he saw a possibility that Canada could build on a bilateral deal that the United States and Mexico have already agreed.

The administration of President Donald Trump has recently begun increasing the pressure on Canada, urging it to conclude a deal by September 30 or face exclusion from a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Trump administration appears virtually certain to miss its weekend deadline for reaching agreement with Canada on a new North American trade deal, according to US officials and people close to the talks. However, if anything that might add more pressure on the USA, which has squeezed a good deal out of Mexico. "Our hope is that Canada comes along and joins that right now". "If Canada comes along later, then that's what'll happen". The main reason for the deadline was that incoming Mexican PM Lopez Obrador wanted his predecessor to sign the deal before he leaves office on Dec 1. The two are in NY for a United Nations meeting but it is unclear whether they will meet.

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"They (the United States and Mexico) made certain agreements", he said.

If the remaining gaps can not be bridged in the next few days, the administration will request congressional approval of a deal with Mexico only, Lighthizer said in NY at the Concordia summit, an annual conference on policy issues. Lighthizer said those tariffs would be addressed once NAFTA had been completed.

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