Canada Justin Trudeau to talk NAFTA with Mike Pence, Mexico president during Peru trip

19:00  13 april  2018
19:00  13 april  2018 Source:   Global News

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to talk trade , security and gender equality during his four-day trip to the United States and Mexico that begins Tuesday. But there is little doubt one of those subjects will get more attention than the others.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a press conference on Parliament Hill.© Sean Kilpatrick/CP Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a press conference on Parliament Hill.

LIMA, Peru - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will aim to advance Canada's position on the North American free trade talks when he meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence here over the next two days.

There had been hopes leading up to Trudeau's visit to Peru, where he and the others are attending the Summit of the Americas, that Canada, Mexico and the U.S. would emerge with some sort of North American free trade agreement.

While those appear to have been dashed by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to stay home to deal with Syria, the chance to sit down with Pena Nieto on Friday and Pence on Saturday is nonetheless important.

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As NAFTA talks grow more contentious, Justin Trudeau will head to Washington next week for a face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump. The prime minister will also head to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Much has changed in the NAFTA negotiations since Trudeau last met with Pena Nieto in November, and this will also be one of their last formal meetings as Mexico prepares to elect a new president in July.

The meeting will thus provide an important opportunity for the two leaders to update each other on their respective positions and look for a way to advance talks at this critical time.

That job looked to be a little easier after U.S. trade officials surprised many by indicating on Thursday that they were willing to soften their demands on automobiles, before Trump warned he was willing to "renegotiate forever."

Trudeau will look for clarity when he meets Saturday with Pence, who was sent to Peru in Trump's stead.

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America has the most demands, Mexico , the most to lose, but it’s Canada that holds the most across the U.S.) Yet, Trudeau ’s speech was seen as side-stepping the president , so he shortly after met with Vice- President Mike Pence . Trudeau to seek common ground with Trump on NAFTA .

with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as he moves quickly on his US President Donald Trump speaks, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, before the “We’re going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA . . . . I ran a campaign somewhat

NAFTA will only be one trade deal on the agenda, particularly after Trump ordered his officials on Thursday to look at whether the U.S. should rejoin the Trans Pacific Partnership after pulling out last year.

Canada is one of 11 countries involved in the massive free-trade bloc, which also includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Trudeau is scheduled to meet with the presidents of Chile and Peru, in addition to Pena Nieto, and at least some of the talk is expected to touch on the partnership and an American re-entry into a revamped TPP.

The prime minister will also address prominent business leaders from across the Americas in the hopes of attracting new investment to Canada.

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The prime minister will seek to leverage some of the many free trade agreements that Canada has in the region and around the world to entice businesses to set up shop.

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Vice President Mike Pence will attend instead, along with the leaders of the other two Nafta countries, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The Trump administration had pushed to announce a deal in principle in Peru

This will be the second trip to the region for Vice President Mike Pence . A planned face-to-face meeting with Nieto was expected to cover trade between the US and Mexico , which has been fraught with controversy over Trump's insistence that the North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA )

The pitch could face some difficulty, however, in large part because of the significant amount of uncertainty around the NAFTA negotiations.

Peru is the first stop in a major foreign tour for Trudeau, who also plans to visit France and the United Kingdom, the latter to participate in a Commonwealth meeting.

The prime minister was scheduled to fly directly from Peru to France, where is scheduled to address the French National Assembly.

But he will make a quick stop in Ottawa on Sunday to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan, who have been locked in a bitter dispute over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

Trudeau will continue on to Paris after the stop in Ottawa.

Prime Minister, premiers meet over controversial Trans Mountain pipeline .
Prime Minister, premiers meet over controversial Trans Mountain pipeline“It's a pleasure to be sitting down with the premiers this morning. We have important discussions ahead, and I’m looking forward to it,” Trudeau said at the outset of the session with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan.

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