Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks on Tuesday as time runs short

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A study commissioned by the Canadian Embassy says 9 million jobs "spread across every congressional district" are supported by the Canada-U.S. economic partnership. "We're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win, win, win that we know is there", he said in the interview.

Freeland said she spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over the weekend after their talks ended on Friday, and their teams have had "a lot of contact" since then.

Lighthizer and Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland returned to the negotiating table for one day Tuesday before she jetted off to Saskatoon to brief the prime minister at this week's caucus gathering, which wraps up Thursday. And Canadians are already discussing a boycott of American goods if negotiations turn sour, which could also lead to a decline in the sales of American cars.

Freeland spokesman Adam Austen did not give details. In April 2017, Trump almost withdrew from NAFTA after becoming angered by the plight of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose milk protein exports to Canada had been cut off by the Class 7 pricing scheme.

Earlier in the day, she noted that Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks to drive home a point about the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

He and other American politicians have long demanded Canada's system of domestic dairy protections either be abolished or heavily modified to give United States exports a bigger share. Earlier on Wednesday, the Trump administration's own anti-dumping duties on Canadian paper, used in books and newsprint, were thrown out by the U.S. International Trade Commission.




His announcement came with an ultimatum for Canada - join the U.S. -Mexico pact or suffer the consequences of punishing American tariffs on the auto sector.

Craft, a fixture at the NAFTA talks last week, was in Gander, N.L., to commemorate the role that town played on the day 17 years ago when the United States shut down its airspace, forcing countless passenger airliners to find refuge wherever they could.

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

U.S. President has set a Friday deadline for the three countries to reach an in-principle agreement, which would allow Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to sign it at the end of November. "Possibly they'll be meeting all night long", Freeland said. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has said he is prepared to tear up NAFTA, has struck a bilateral trade deal with Mexico and threatened to push ahead without Canada.

New chapters governing the digital economy and stronger intellectual property, labor and environmental standards could also work to the benefit of USA companies, possibly helping Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of creating more American jobs.

Meanwhile, figures provided to CBC News show that Canada collected almost $300 million in July and August after Ottawa slapped USA imports with retaliatory tariffs.

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