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Canada trade deal 'eminently possible,' Freeland says

14 September 2018

Austen, asked whether Freeland might return to Washington later in the week, said no decisions had been taken.

Representatives from both sides have expressed their preference to keep a NAFTA deal intact.

Yet, he stressed that "if we sign the deal it'll be. for Canada and Canadians".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will meet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Tuesday to discuss talks to renew the NAFTA trade pact, a government official said on Monday.

"At the end of the day, we're neighbors - and at the end of the day, neighbors help each other when they need help", she said.

If this time frame holds true, Canada and the USA have roughly until the end of November to reach a deal over these contentious negotiations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during an interview Tuesday with a Winnipeg radio station, CJOB, that there are certain positions Canada has and remain firm on.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top USA trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down.

The in-person, high-level negotiations got back underway as events marking the 17th anniversary of the 2001 attacks took place around the US, including at the Pentagon with Vice President Mike Pence, not far from where the trade meetings are taking place.

"We agreed that it would be useful to continue talking today, so we're back for more negotiations", Freeland told reporters as she entered the USTR offices in Washington.

Wednesday was the first day that negotiations between the two countries resumed after four intensive days of talks last week ended without a deal on Friday after the mood soured.

The U.S. and Mexico worked out a preliminary agreement last month, but Canada has yet to agree to the terms presented by the u-s.

Canada's politically powerful dairy farmers are likely to resist changes to the price controls and high tariffs that protect them from foreign competition. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1. "President, I recommend we accept this deal with Canada; it's not ideal, but it's a good deal, ' then I think he takes it,"' Mulroney said. However, no specifics on the progress made towards reaching an agreement have been announced.

"We have been very clear on that, that there can not be more access given", Wiens said in a telephone interview. But as an October 1 deadline to renegotiate NAFTA looms, Canada is prepared to offer similar concessions on the dairy industry to those that it agreed to in free trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations, the sources said.

"There is no question Canada and Mexico are going to get a haircut and the best you can hope for when you get a haircut is that it looks stylish", Mr. Ujczo said.

Canada trade deal 'eminently possible,' Freeland says