Sep 04, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not sign a new North American Free Trade Agreement – that doesn’t include a dispute resolution mechanism – and exemptions for cultural industries.
Trudeau says the dispute resolution mechanism in Chapter 19 ensures that trade rules are followed.
The Prime Minister also says his government won’t sign an updated free trade accord with the United States and Mexico – if the deal didn’t continue exemptions for Canada’s cultural industries – which aims to protect Canada’s publishing and broadcast industries.
Speaking in Vancouver Trudeau said – giving up the exemptions would be tantamount to giving up Canadian sovereignty and identity.
This country’s negotiators are set to return to the bargaining table Wednesday – with fresh deadlines looming to land a trade deal – and keep Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canada and America need to present a text to the U.S. Congress by October 1st – in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico last week.