Trilateral NAFTA deal to be reached soon: Mexican economy chief

Canada and U.S. return to NAFTA negotations

Canada and U.S. return to NAFTA negotations

So far, Canada has been unable to obtain a guarantee from the United States that the country would not be hit with punitive US auto tariffs if Ottawa agrees to a new NAFTA deal.

"We'll see if the Americans are ready to come to the table to do a deal".

And at the moment, sources say what's on offer would, in fact, be a bad deal for Canada. The US desires to water down or eliminate NAFTA's Chapter 19, which presents for binding-arbitration choices to look at disputes.

Trump has previously disparaged the NAFTA name, saying it has a "bad connotation" when he announced the USA and Mexico had struck a trade deal in late August, which he then called the "United States-Mexico trade agreement".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland repeated her upbeat assessment of the negotiations, again terming them constructive, as she spoke to reporters after a meeting in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

As well, there remain deep differences on intellectual property.

Trump has targeted what he sees as "unfair" trade as part of his "America First" agenda to boost US manufacturing and jobs, imposing tariffs on trading partners, including Canada, China, the European Union and Mexico. But Canadian officials say that dispute has been overblown.

President Donald Trump told donors at a dinner Wednesday that he wants to rename the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA.

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The Canadian team is reviewing the terms Mexico and the US agreed to on August 27.

Trump has repeatedly said he'd be perfectly happy to proceed with the bilateral deal without Canada.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Trump mused about renaming the trade pact "USMC" - with M referring to Mexico and C for Canada - based on his disdain for the NAFTA moniker.

Tensions are high between Canada and our neighbours to the south.

Mexico hopes that Washington and Ottawa will reach quickly a compromise on the trade agreement Nafta and its chief technical trader has gone to Washington to "continue to advance" on the topic, said on Wednesday the mexican minister of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo. Some members of the U.S. Congress have also threatened to hold up a deal that excludes Canada. The 24-year-old trade agreement has been under renegotiation for a long 13 months.

"We have seen various deadlines put forward as markers to work for", Trudeau said.

"We're going to continue to work towards the right deal for Canadians, a good deal for Canadians, and we'll do the work needed and try and get there as quick as we can, but we're going to make sure we're doing what is necessary to get the right deal for Canadians".

The movement on the Mexican side was the latest sign of progress in efforts to salvage the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has bound the three countries for 25 years.

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