NAFTA talks run up against deadline; USA tariffs remain tough issue

Trump Didn’t Have A Meeting Scheduled With Trudeau — But He Canceled It Anyway

In a sign of the mounting pressure, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland postponed her country's annual address to the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday to return to Ottawa. It's not clear whether, or when, a Canadian delegation will travel to Washington.

Rather than giving away the farm, literally, to quench Donald Trump's insatiable ego and meet his artificial deadlines, perhaps Canada should hold out for the Mueller Report, leading to the expectation of a more rational American head of state in the White House. The U.S. and Canada are on the brink of a deal after making progress on contentious issues, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity as negotiations continue.

Relations between the Canadian and US leaders have been chilly since June, when Trump left a Group of Seven summit in Canada and then accused Trudeau of being dishonest and weak. "It's a great deal for all three countries in that it would make this hemisphere strong again from a manufacturing point of view".

In an interview with The West Block's Mercedes Stephenson, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau explains why the Canadian government isn't eager to set an end date for the negotiations at all.

"We'll see what happens with Canada, if they come along".

Trump made the remarks during a news conference in NY earlier on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, when he was asked if he had, in fact, snubbed Trudeau. The United States has said Mexico agreed to eliminate a system of settlement panels to arbitrate disputes over anti-dumping and anti-dumping tariffs.

Chrystia Freeland. Canadian officials insisted her relationship with the United States was "cordial".

Trump said that he turned down a meeting with Trudeau "because his tariffs are too high and he doesn't seem to want to move and I've told him forget about it and frankly we're thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada".

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With Trump's use of tariffs as a negotiating tool, Canadian worries its auto sector - a critical part of the country's economy - could be the next target.

The U.S. and Canada have been hung up on some core issues. Canada is seeking some kind of exemption or protection from those for Canada's dairy sector, which the USA wants greater tariff-free access toIntellectual property and certain pharmaceutical patents, each of which the US wants to extend.

More recently, Canada has pushed back on any new deal that would not provide explicit protections from U.S. tariffs on steel and protections from punitive tariffs on autos. Initially, Canada balked at lifting protectionist policies that support its dairy farmers, which heavily taxes imports of cheese and milk.

Justin Trudeau says he made no requests to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump while the two leaders were in NY this week for the United Nations General Assembly.

Lawmakers briefed by Lighthizer said he told them the earliest that a vote could occur - either on a U.S. -Mexico deal or a trilateral deal including Canada - would be February or March 2019, after the Congress elected in November is sworn into office.

The president - to say nothing of everyone else in the U.S. capital - has likely been seized all week by the riveting testimony this week out of the Senate Justice Committee, which heard details of the allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

A former senior Canadian trade adviser warned that the auto tariff threat outweighs anything else.

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