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Trudeau still bullish on NAFTA, but says Canada is 'ready for anything'

13 Octubre 2017
Trudeau still bullish on NAFTA, but says Canada is 'ready for anything'

President Trump hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House to discuss the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement Wednesday, with Mr. Trump pushing for what he called "fairness" for USA workers as a critical round of talks began.

During talks at the White House Wednesday, President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of replacing NAFTA with a new U.S. We realize that as bad as it has been for us, it has been great for Mexico and Canada.

The Canadian leader's administration is negotiating with Australia to buy used F-18 fighter jets and parts to partially replace its aging fleet.

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

"The new NAFTA Competition Chapter substantially updates the original NAFTA and goes beyond anything the United States has done in previous free trade agreements", the statement reads.

But Mexico has always been the odd man out in the sense that it is the only developing country in the pact, with wages far lower on average than the other two member-states.

Ujczo's opinion is if Mexico and Canada don't walk away from NAFTA, the Trump administration will by the end of the year.

Trump and Trudeau met as negotiators from the three NAFTA countries gathered in the Washington suburb of Arlington to get the next round of trade talks under way.

One of the few areas where there is broad agreement between the Trump and Trudeau governments is that Mexico needs to raise labour and environmental standards in order to even the playing field.

Trudeau said that he and Trump had discussed the Boeing-Bombardier dispute, which just this week saw the U.S. slap further import duties on Canadian plane maker Bombardier's new CSeries planes. In fact, he told business magazine Forbes this week that NAFTA must be "terminated". "We have to be prepared for the different scenarios that could come out of this negotiation".

"We've been patient, cool-headed and constructive", Mr. Donohue said Tuesday in Mexico City. "We're doing it with professionals, acting in good faith, and we'll only continue with this treaty if it's in the national interest".

What anything could look like was raised by U.S. President Donald Trump in his talks with Trudeau earlier Wednesday at the White House. "We are already your biggest customer". He also cited plans to limit Canadian and Mexican access to US government procurement rules.

On Thursday, Mr. Trudeau will make his first first official visit to Mexico to talk trade with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Those were the days when Mexico still believed the relationship could be salvaged.

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo gestures to journalists after the 9th US-Mexico CEO Dialogue in Mexico City, Mexico October 11, 2017. The first one was on government procurement known as Buy American, which basically said we're going to cut back how much Canadian and Mexicans can participate in our government procurement processes here in the USA but by the way, we want you and Canada and Mexico to allow more USA participation on your side, so I think both Canada and Mexico said we're not so sure about that.

But the USA president also said it's too early to give up on the negotiations, which resumed Wednesday in nearby Alexandria, Va.