UPDATED 7:37 AM PT — Fri. Sept. 21, 2018
Both sides fail to reach an agreement about NAFTA on the last day of the Canadian foreign minister’s visit to the U.S.
Canada’s Chrystia Freeland appeared unfazed Thursday about the apparent lack of progress made over four-weeks of back and forth trips to Washington, D.C.
During this time, Freeland has been in constant communication with U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer by phone and email.
While Canada wants to be included in the latest NAFTA agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is not afraid to walk away from a bad deal.
Of course, issues like Canadian dairy protection and potential auto-tariffs remain topics of disagreement.
“We just had a meeting with Ambassador (Robertt) Lighthizer and his team — we discussed some tough issues today,” stated Freeland. “The atmosphere continues to be constructive and we continue to work hard toward a deal which has always been Canada’s objective.”
An unofficial deadline to reach a NAFTA agreement is set for the end of this month. Neither Freeland or Lighthizer have commented on when they may meet next.
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