Canada FM postpones United Nations speech as free trade talks intensify

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland

The two sides are talking continuously by phone and a Canadian government source said the tone of the negotiations was positive and intense.

The attack cast further doubt on the future of the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement, which underpins $1.2 trillion in annual trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The Trump administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday evening.

Trump, who has already imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, has also repeatedly threatened to impose even more crippling levies on auto imports if a deal can't get done.

- Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland postponed her United Nations speech as free trade talks between the USA and Canada intensified.

By Monday morning "You'll have some news one way or the other", USA trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News Sunday morning. "In any case, we already agreed with the USA and we won't revise what is agreed".

In a surprise twist, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Friday that Washington and Ottawa had told him they could reach a compromise on an updated trilateral agreement within "48 hours".

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The U.S. and Mexico reached their agreement in August, triggering talks between the U.S. and Canada, which are being held around the clock this weekend.

The release of the trade deal text starts a months-long process for US congressional approval that will require a lengthy analysis by the independent USA global Trade Commission and notification periods before an up-or-down vote. "We don't like their representative very much".

"There's just a lot going on, and not a lot of time to do it in".

The U.S. exported more goods to Canada past year than to China, Japan and Germany combined.

On Capitol Hill, senior Republicans such as Sen.

The text is expected to conform to details previously released on tighter automotive rules requiring an increase in regional value content to 75 percent from 62.5 percent previously, with 40-45 percent coming from "high wage" areas, effectively the United States.

"I'm hopeful Canada stays at the table - there's strong support for three countries seamlessly working together", Brady said on Friday. "Canada has a long way to go".

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According to the negotiators, Canada's insistence on a trade dispute provision and its protected dairy sector are the last major sticking points.

As negotiations have dragged, the president has become visibly annoyed with Canadian officials.

Rather than giving away the farm, literally, to quench Donald Trump's insatiable ego and meet his artificial deadlines, perhaps Canada should hold out for the Mueller Report, leading to the expectation of a more rational American head of state in the White House.

"We are in a very tough negotiation with the United States over NAFTA. there is no deadline on this".

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's top Nafta negotiator, has postponed a planned speech at the United Nations as the US and Canada press to reach an agreement on a trade deal.

"It's a challenging task to figure that out and they're spending a lot of time on that right now", said the third Canadian source.

Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are the top auto producers in Canada, meaning any levies on Canadian vehicles would affect American companies.

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