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Reed presses Trudeau on dairy, wine issues under NAFTA

Reed presses Trudeau on dairy, wine issues under NAFTA

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump created yet another wave of uncertainty about the fate of free-trade, and NAFTA negotiators hunkered down for another tense round of talks.

Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue has pledged to fight "like hell" to defend NAFTA if Mr. Trump tries to pull out.

On Thursday, he'll leave for Mexico, his first official visit to that country.

"When North America wins, America wins and the American people win as well", Mr. Brady said. While U.S. President Donald Trump and Trudeau have been friendly in public, privately their countries are driving hard bargains on trade.

The CEO meeting ran in parallel to talks near Washington aimed at refreshing the 1994 agreement, with Mexico, Canada and businesses united in opposition to a number of radical USA proposals they say would damage the North American economy.

"Canada and the United States are tremendously intertwined".

"Without a doubt, there's life after NAFTA", he said, "and that's what gives us strength in the negotiations".

Talks kick off Wednesday with a discussion of government procurement, already a thorny subject as US negotiators suggested during the last round of talks in Ottawa they want to limit access to Canadians and Mexicans to USA projects.

Trudeau will head into his meeting with Trump after talks with the influential House of Representatives' Ways and Means committee, one of two bodies of USA lawmakers helping negotiators put forward the US positions on trade.

"It's possible we won't be able to make a deal, and it's possible that we will", he said. The committee has jurisdiction over all taxation and tariffs and is responsible for implementing any changes to NAFTA.

His comments marked the second broadside the chamber has launched against the Trump administration's stance on NAFTA in less than a week.

If Mr. Trump does decide to withdraw, there would be a mandatory six-month waiting period.

"The U.S. has no bigger customer than Canada".

"The existential threat to the North American free-trade agreement is a threat to our partnership, our shared economic vibrancy, and clearly the national security and safety of all three nations", he said in an uncommonly blunt speech to a business audience in Mexico City. "But let me be forceful and direct: There are several poison pill proposals still on the table that could doom the entire deal".

Mexican foreign affairs minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday that an end to NAFTA would be a breaking point in U.S. -Mexican relations and affect bilateral cooperation in other areas.

"The president had indicated earlier that he was receptive to a trilateral, or two matching bilaterals, or (ending) NAFTA", he told a panel discussion late Wednesday.

"I think Justin understands this, if we can't make a deal, it will be terminated and that will be fine", the president said.

Trump says he will dump NAFTA: What will that mean for Buffalo? It's a great honour to have - I consider that a great accomplishment, stopping that. "It has to be a lot more than some kind of technical revamp and I think that's going to be tough to get to".

The process of renegotiating NAFTA has turned increasingly sour.