CIO president: 'Hard to see' new NAFTA deal without Canada

Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a bill signing event at Harris Conference Center August 31, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

President Donald Trump may be insisting that the USA will be "better off" without a North American free trade deal that includes Canada, but American unions do not agree-and neither does the tech industry. "Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off.", Trump wrote.

Geneva: US president Donald Trump has ratcheted up pressure on Canada and other trading members, including the European Union, threatening that if they refuse to accept Washington's trade demands they will risk losing "free military protection", after talks between the US and Canada for revamping the trade deal, which includes Mexico, failed.

Trumka also criticized Trump during the interview on Sunday, saying the president's actions have done more harm than good to laborers, including failure to develop an infrastructure program "that could put a lot of us back to work".

Much of Kansas' farm output is sold to Canada, which has so far not been included in a trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

A few weeks ago, the United States began negotiating with Mexico, leaving Canada on the sidelines.

CTV News Canada notes, Gilles LeVasseur, a business and law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Trump's Saturday Tweets may suggest he could be nervous that he might fail to have Congressional support because Congress is pro-trade.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer said Canada could still join the U.S.

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That sentiment appeared validated Friday morning when the Toronto Star published comments Trump had made in which he told Bloomberg journalists that negotiations to rework NAFTA would take place only on his terms. But Canada's dairy industry - backed by Quebec politicians of all stripes - is adamant that it won't stand for the government allowing the USA any more market access, saying it has compromised enough on past trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim countries.

For Canada, losing access to the USA market would be a severe economic blow. The U.S. -Canada talks will resume Wednesday. Neither U.S. nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

Trump contends in the Saturday morning tweet that there is "no political necessity" to include Canada in a deal, after the US and Mexico reached an agreement on Monday. "If we don't make a fair deal for the USA after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", he tweeted.

Trump has charged that the deal wiped out American factory jobs. Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wanted to sign a deal before he left office December 1.

On Friday, Trump informed Congress of his intention to sign a bilateral trade deal with Mexico, but it could be hard to win approval from Congress unless Canada is also included, with support from Democrats needed to pass a purely bilateral deal.

But the talks with Canada snagged over the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners, and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector.

But under United States trade rules, the U.S. team does not have to make public the text of the revamped agreement for 30 additional days, buying more time to reach a deal with the Canadians. He also said he does not believe a revised pact will work without Canada being involved.

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