FREELAND SOUNDING UPBEAT AS ROUND 2 NAFTA TALKS CONCLUDE

Sep 05, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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 Following the opening round of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington last month, an intense round has just wrapped up in Mexico City.

(Edgard Garrido / Reuters)
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded upbeat in remarks following the session.
”Canada’s goal is, and will remain, to modernize NAFTA in a way that upholds Canadians interests and values, and benefits the middle-class and those working hard to join it, in all three of our countries.”
Word has it the three government representatives covered a wide range of issues, from auto-parts rules to Buy American regulations, intellectual property.
Canada’s also pushing for improved labour and environmental provisions as a top priority for a new trade agreement.
The next round of renegotiations is set to take place in Ottawa later this month, reportedly September 23-27, when some close to the talks say serious horse-trading’s expected to really start.
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