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U.S. releases list reflecting tougher NAFTA negotiating positions

MEXICO CITY — The United States has published an updated list of NAFTA negotiating objectives to reflect some of its tougher-than-anticipated demands in a reminder of the difficult hoeing ahead as parties seek fertile ground for a deal. The U.S. trade czar’s office released the new list on Friday just as the three chief negotiators …

D.C. disquietude over fate of NAFTA on display at event with business, lawmakers

WASHINGTON — A pair of prominent Republican lawmakers will attend a pro-NAFTA event today at a moment of uncertainty in Washington over the Trump presidency and its plans for the old continental trade deal. Pro-trade senators Ted Cruz and Pat Roberts will speak about NAFTA’s future and the stakes for American agriculture and business at …

If NAFTA dies, old Canada U.S. FTA would live on, right? Not so fast, Canada

WASHINGTON — It’s a refrain frequently heard in Canada: That ending NAFTA wouldn’t change much in economic relations with the United States, because the countries could simply pull their older agreement off the shelf, dust it off, and persist in trade without tariffs. It’s also wrong, some analysts say. A few people interviewed this week …

NAFTA: U.S. demands end to supply management in Canadian dairy, poultry, eggs

ARLINGTON, United States — The United States has lit the fuse on one of Canada’s most politically explosive trade issues, asking in NAFTA talks for an end to the supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey within the next decade. With that demand, the U.S. has now adopted a highly aggressive posture on …

As U.S. shocks with NAFTA demands, other countries asking: What does Trump want?

ARLINGTON, United States — The chief U.S. negotiator shrugged his shoulders when asked about signs of trouble in the NAFTA talks on Sunday. John Melle pulled open a door, entered a work room, and offered a one-word reply about how it’s going. “Fabulous,” he said. Upon leaving those rooms, people are saying the exact opposite. …

U.S. proposes de fanging NAFTA’s enforcement systems

ARLINGTON, United States — The United States has requested a drastic weakening of the systems that enforce the North American Free Trade Agreement by settling disputes, sources said Saturday of the latest American proposals that would drastically overhaul NAFTA. The U.S. wants to strip down the three sections that settle disputes: Chapter 11 that lets …

Stephen Harper offers a gloomy take on the state of international trade, NAFTA

WASHINGTON—Stephen Harper broke his public silence on current events by offering a gloomy assessment on the state of international trade, describing anti-trade sentiment in the U.S. as a long-term problem that predates the Trump administration, that lacks an easy fix, and could well result in the end of NAFTA. Harper stepped into the role of …

PM talks Donald Trump at Washington gala as first daughter Ivanka looks on

WASHINGTON — With Ivanka Trump looking on, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained why he’s hoping to get her father to include progressive ideas like protections for women, the environment, and labour in a new NAFTA agreement, while acknowledging that some provisions might be “aspirational” and non-binding. The prime minister found himself in the unusual position …

Two PMs, one U.S. capital: Trudeau, Harper talk NAFTA in D.C. on same day

WASHINGTON — In an ironic scheduling twist, the current prime minister and his predecessor will both be in Washington, speaking on the same day, about the same issue: the renegotiation of NAFTA, which enters a high-stakes phase this week. Old political nemeses Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper might literally cross paths. Harper is scheduled to …

Study on ‘America First’ attitudes: Trump fans hate NAFTA, not trade with Canada

WASHINGTON — While trade tensions between the countries might be rising, a new study suggests Americans hold an overwhelmingly positive view of the commercial relationship with Canada and that the opinion is a rare matter of partisan consensus, shared by people warm, cold, and ambivalent towards President Donald Trump. The finding was embedded in a …

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