NAFTA talks will resume Tuesday despite impasse over Chapter 19, dairy industry

Daniel Fowler
September 14, 2018

But if anything has encapsulated the shift since then, it has been the hard renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has dragged on for some 13 months already - and is only one part of the ongoing cross-border trade dispute.

In Michigan, 259,000 jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada, the study said.

The largest percentage gainer on the market was Parex Resources, rising 86 cents, or 4.6 percent, to 19.77 Canadian dollars while cannabis company Aphria jumped 1.33 dollars, or 6.5 percent to 21.71 Canadian dollars and Canopy Growth rose 1.9 percent to 69.02 Canadian dollars.

"I think that remembering today, and what happened today, maybe that helps us all to put into perspective the negotiations that we're having", Freeland told reporters, noting the "importance and significance" of US-Canadian ties.

The U.S. and Canada are trying to reach an agreement by the end of September that would complete a revamped three-nation deal with Mexico that Congress may consider next year.

Negotiations have stretched on for 13 months so far and are stalled on a number of issues including dispute resolution, cultural protection, and how much access American farmers should have to the Canadian dairy market.

"The conversations over the weekend continued to be constructive and productive", she said.

Mulroney acknowledged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is on a short leash from the White House when it comes to what he can offer in the talks, but noted that Trump trusts Lighthizer a lot.

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

"In some countries, including Canada, a tax on cars would be the ruination of the country".

"The U.S. knows what Canada's tough issues are, so they're going to hold those to the end, and squeeze out concessions on every other issue they can", said Ujczo, who is regularly briefed on the talks.

Canada has encouraged overproduction and flooded export markets for milk proteins used in cheese and yogurt, hurting U.S. dairy farmers, Perdue said in an interview aired on Sunday on C-SPAN television.

"Even if we gave him everything he wanted - and there is no way we would ever do that - who can say whether he'd be satisfied?" said one source, who declined to be identified given the extreme sensitivity of the situation.

The dairy system, or supply management as it is known, falls outside of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest said on CTV's "Question Period" any decisions the Liberals make now will have ramifications in the 2019 federal election, particularly in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec.

It was not clear when talks would resume on Thursday, and there were no immediate indications what progress may have been made in Wednesday's late session among staff. But a deal without Canada has virtually no chance of being passed, Mulroney said.

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