FREELAND SOUNDING UPBEAT AS ROUND 2 NAFTA TALKS CONCLUDE
Sep 05, 2017
By Bob Komsic
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.