Canada seeks intensive NAFTA talks, even as Trump wants to wait

Canada not helping itself by hitting US with tariffs White House

Canada not helping itself by hitting US with tariffs White House

The federal Liberal government is determined to rekindle intensive talks on a new continental trade pact this summer – even though President Donald Trump says he wont sign a renegotiated NAFTA until after the US midterm elections this fall.

U.S. President Donald Trump seems in no rush to sign a new NAFTA deal.

"'We're going to take down all our barriers, we're going to take down all our taxes, ' right?" Well see where it goes.”.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Lopez Obrador by phone.

The Trudeau Government announced that in direct, measured and proportional response to USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, reciprocal surtaxes on $16.6 billion of imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the United States will come into effect July 1, 2018.

Kentucky bourbon is among the dozens of consumer products that have been slapped with tariffs by Ottawa as part of its retaliation for USA duties on Canadian steel and aluminum. Trudeau's office said the prime minister "conveyed that Canada has had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures" to the US tariffs.

Ambassador Kelly Craft delivered the message with the USA and Canada locked in an unprecedented trade dispute.

Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News Channel's Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.

"The bottom line is that some of the people buying American products may switch to the Canadian products, that's one source of increased profit for the Canadian producers", says Littler.

"We've been very nice to Canada for many years and they've taken advantage of that", Sanders said during her daily press briefing in Washington.

From asking Canadians to adopt them to thanking Canada for supporting them in these hard times, here are the funniest Canada Day messages from our American neighbours. "We share common goals, strong people-to-people ties, and a mutually beneficial trading relationship that is the envy of the world - reflected in our joint effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement for the 21st century", Trudeau said in a statement congratulating Lopez Obrador on his win.

Trump said he and López Obrador also discussed the possibility of a separate trade deal exclusively between Mexico and the U.S. "When our Canadian industries and workers continue to be under attack, it's imperative that we stand up and that is exactly what our Federal Government has done", says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada's Building Trades Unions.

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