Canada not helping itself by hitting USA with tariffs: White House

Daniel Fowler
July 6, 2018

Monthly freight flows between the USA and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico were down in April, but up 12.8% from a year earlier.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years, and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said. Well see where it goes.”.

But the NAFTA talks have been stalled for several weeks and Lopez Obrador enters the scene as tensions between Canada and the United States have intensified as the two countries have become embroiled in a trade dispute.

Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in US goods as retaliation for the Trump administration's new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday that he could quickly sign an agreement with the United States' neighbours, "but I'm not happy with it". Asked about the timing of an agreement, Trump said: "I want to wait until after the election".

"Canada, you're not going to get 275 per cent for your dairy and you're going to take down all your barriers", Trump said as an example.

Trudeau later spoke with Lopez Obrador on Monday, wherein they discussed their mutual trade interests and their "shared priority of updating the North American Free Trade Agreement for the betterment of their peoples", said a readout of the conversation issued Monday.

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Canada's tariffs will dramatically increase the price of the targeted USA goods in Canadian markets, dampening demand for them and hurting the bottom line of the US companies that produce them. Do you know what happened?

A fresh round of talks on the three-country pact will come with Canada and the USA locked in an unprecedented, cross-border trade fight.

He said he hoped the Americans would resume NAFTA talks because Canada is ready to get back to the table.

"The president is working to fix the broken system and he'll continue pushing for that", she said.

Trudeau has insisted the USA president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of Canada's refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-management system, which is created to protect dairy, poultry and egg producers.

Once automotive issues are addressed, the remaining NAFTA sticking points will largely be between Canada and the USA - and it's an open question how much room Trudeau will have to manoeuvre Trudeau in areas like government procurement, supply management and intellectual property.

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