Donald Trump’s NAFTA timetable doesn’t work for Canada

Donald Trump’s NAFTA timetable doesn’t work for Canada

Canada and Mexico have the additional challenge of responding to USA tariffs while they attempt to renegotiate NAFTA, a major free trade agreement, with the United States.

A government official familiar with the plan says now that Mexico's presidential election is done, Ottawa wants to restart talks as soon as possible, even though Trump says he won't sign a new deal until after us voters go to the polls in November.

Lopez Obrador told the Televisa network Monday that he will respect the current team of negotiators, and let them continue representing Mexico until he takes office December 1, noting that he wants to have information on what's being discussed and "to help as much as we can". The list of more than 250 U.S. goods subject to Canadian duties - including Florida juice, Wisconsin toilet paper and North Carolina gherkins, which are labor intensive to produce - aim to pressure Trump supporters key states in November's USA midterm elections.

Canada's retaliatory tariffs on USA goods take effect Sunday following the Trump administration's new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) in a bilateral meeting during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

In the interview, Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported vehicles, saying, "The cars are the big ones".

Trudeau was speaking on the front steps of Highbury Canco with CEO Sam Diab.

"The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward", according to the prime minister's office.

Canada's response includes imposing $16.6 billion worth of tariffs on a long list of consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors - from beer kegs, to ballpoint pens, to ketchup.

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After Heinz shut down a factory in Ontario in 2014, French's - known in the US for its mustard - became an alternative ketchup-maker in Canada.

"It's not about corporate board rooms and decision-making at some 30,000-foot level".

Meantime, revellers on Parliament Hill who braved scorching temperatures to take in the festivities in Ottawa also expressed support for Trudeau's hard line against Trump on trade.

"We have to sit down and look at what each country's national interests are and be very clear that we can not be allies if we are not friends".

"U.S. businesses are really paying attention".

"I think we'll get through this".

Arriving a little late, Trudeau waded slowly through the crowd that had gathered for a barbecue at the city's Waterfront Park, shaking lots of hands and posing for photos and selfies.

"Happy Canada Day, Dawson City", he shouted to his cheering audience.

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