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Money Trudeau: I said no to NAFTA sunset clause

22:32  31 may  2018
22:32  31 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Canada Would Rather Have No Nafta Than a Bad Deal, Trudeau Says

  Canada Would Rather Have No Nafta Than a Bad Deal, Trudeau Says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for Donald Trump on Nafta: Canada would rather see a trade deal die altogether than accept certain hardline demands. Trudeau said he believed a win-win-win deal was still possible in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement talks. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met his Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland earlier Tuesday in Washington to discuss the trade pact.

Donald Trump‘s continued insistence on including a sunset clause in any renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA ). Mexico, as well, is heading into a presidential election on July 1. But Trudeau said the talks happening now will not be rushed. “It’s right down to the last

Donald Trump‘s continued insistence on including a sunset clause in any renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement ( NAFTA ). Mexico, as well, is heading into a presidential election on July 1. But Trudeau said the talks happening now will not be rushed. “It’s right down to the last

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie © Provided by thecanadianpress.com

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau says he abandoned a proposed meeting with Donald Trump in Washington this week after the White House insisted that the prime minister first agree to a five-year "sunset clause" in a renegotiated NAFTA.

Trudeau told the anecdote today during a media briefing where he and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were outlining the Canadian response to punishing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

With the NAFTA talks close to a possible breakthrough, Trudeau says he suggested to the U.S. president last Friday that they sit down with Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto and talk about reaching a deal.

He says Trump seemed to like the idea.

Then on Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence called to say the White House would host the meeting — but only if the prime minister agreed to the sunset clause, long a major sticking point in the talks.

Trudeau says that idea remains "totally unacceptable" to Canada, so the idea of the meeting was abandoned.

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Canada to Trump: No NAFTA deal with tariffs .
Canada to Trump: No NAFTA deal with tariffsFinance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 summit with fellow leaders, and in his face-to-face talk with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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