NAFTA Talks To Resume This Week

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The two sides must submit an agreed-upon text to the U.S. Congress by October 1 in order to join the agreement the U.S. with Mexico last month.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, center, speaks to reporters in Washington D.C., recently.

Trudeau replied, "Sorry to disappoint, but we continue to work hard and we are positively optimistic that we can get a win-win-win for all three countries".

Freeland said the memorials should help to add some context to the ongoing negotiations on free trade that were started at Trump's behest.

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.

Trump has already struck a deal with Mexico, NAFTA's third member, and has said he is prepared to leave Canada out of the revised deal if Ottawa fails to accept terms more favorable to the United States. "It would be a good modernized deal if Canada is brought into it".

"It seems even if we give a lot, the USA keeps asking for more", said Mr. Kronby, an worldwide trade lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais.

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"The atmosphere is absolutely professional", she said.

"Maybe that helps us all put into perspective the negotiations that we're having - and also put into a little bit of historical perspective the importance and the significance of the relationship between Canada and the United States", she said of the anniversary.

"Our farmers don't have access to the Canadian markets the way that they have access to us", Perdue said in an interview that aired Sunday on C-SPAN.

Trump has claimed that the 1994 pact has caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of U.S.jobs, something that most economists dispute. "Canada and the USA are too intertwined", Graves said. 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.

As the process grinds on, some in Washington insist Trump can not pull out of NAFTA without the approval of Congress. "He's railed against this thing (NAFTA) and they've been at the negotiating table for now over a year".

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

"To me, a lot of that is consistent with my suspicion that the USA doesn't really want to get a deal [or] at least the [Trump] administration doesn't", he said, citing the leaked off-the-record comments Mr. Trump gave Bloomberg in late August when he said he was refusing to compromise with Canada and that any deal with Canada would be "totally on our terms". "He doesn't need any more problems, particularly when he's going into an election campaign with a vote in November that could be extremely challenging for him".

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