Trudeau Threatens Relationship With The U.S.

07 September, 2018, 17:12 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Vicente Fox the former president of Mexico said that Donald Trump is 'not a responsible president.'

A week ago, the US and Mexico reached an agreement on revisions to the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump and the unions alike have criticized as a "disaster" (in Trump's words) or "devastating" (in Trumka's) for USA workers. These quiet one-on-one negotiations ended after a few weeks with a new agreement that Canada is supposed to accept, even if negotiated without its participation or approval.

The North American vehicle industry is a sum of parts made and assembled in Mexico, the USA and Canada.

Negotiations, now in their 13th month, are key to determining the economic and trade relationship among the three North American countries, with many workers' and industries' prospects hanging in the balance. "And we know we have a president who doesn't always follow the rules as they are laid out".

Canada wants a permanent exemption from Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, and removal of the threat of auto tariffs from Washington, as well as to preserve its dairy regime and market access for its lumber products.

Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traded barbs Wednesday, with each saying they were willing to walk away from NAFTA if they don't get what they want.

With the "U.S. entertainment juggernaut" next door, Herman said Canada has little choice but to defend what he called a vitally important part of NAFTA. In bilateral talks with the U.S., Canadian negotiators can perhaps keep a ghost of the original dispute resolution process "on the books" to avoid a complete surrender.

The fall in the value of the Canadian dollar comes at a tough time for Canada and its traditional allies.

What the world audience heard was not what was expected from the G7 chair, who was supposed to be proclaiming a successful conclusion to a friendly meeting of heads of state and government.

No amount of public assurances from the foreign affairs minister about returning to the table with U.S.




At the same time, Trump needs a win on trade ahead of the USA midterm elections in November that will test the president's ability to keep control of Congress.

Sources familiar with Canada's bargaining position insist Ottawa's push to maintain the cultural exemption has remained unresolved between the two neighbours.

But Congress makes the trade rules in the form of trade promotion authority.

Trump has notified Congress that he intends to sign the trade deal reached last week with Mexico by the end of November, and officials said the text would be published by around October 1.

He can either push back against United States demands and risk being cut out of a continental trade deal, or give in and be accused by opposition parties of capitulating to Donald Trump. S. Free Trade Agreement, established in 1987, but Trump has demonstrated his disdain for trade commitments.

But Trudeau is also digging in and vowing that Canada won't be pressured into a deal.

All throughout NAFTA talks, the issue of supply management in the Canadian dairy industry has been a sticking point.

The much-needed transition to a green economy would be easier to do without the restrictions imposed by NAFTA, as would the progressive policies on gender, Indigenous, and labour rights that Team Trudeau asserts are necessary.

His annual report on barriers to USA trade this year singled out the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's decision in 2015 to ban the long-time practice of Canadian advertisers inserting their ads into the Super Bowl broadcast over the more popular American ones. Indeed, the WTO is where Canada has gone to seek relief from aluminium and steel tariffs.

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