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NAFTA sticking points: A list of impediments holding up a deal

May 19 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The NAFTA negotiations could continue for a while, with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer signalling he wants significant changes in multiple areas and isn't interested in a quick, limited deal. Here are some key flashpoints involving Canada: —Autos: This is the sticking point countries have spent the most effort trying to solve. The U.S. wants to stem the loss […]

NAFTA: Tug-of-war unfolding over concluding a quick deal

May 18 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — A quiet power struggle over NAFTA has finally broken into public view, a tug-of-war within Washington between a faction seeking a quick conclusion and another urging lengthier negotiations, possibly spilling into next year. The tension between those conflicting aims has existed as a quiet dynamic of the recent NAFTA conversations before this week, when it […]

‘Nowhere near close:’ U.S. rebuffs Trudeau hope for quick NAFTA deal

May 17 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The United States declared the NAFTA countries were nowhere close to a deal in a statement Thursday designed to douse expectations that an agreement might be just a few minor adjustments away. It rebuffed an effort from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and several high-ranking staffers who were in the U.S. on Thursday urging […]

Trudeau tells Trump: We can have a NAFTA deal right now, if you want it

May 15 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reportedly told President Donald Trump that a NAFTA agreement is imminently within reach as long as some controversial demands are set aside. That high-level conversation occurred in the midst of what many insiders view as a last-ditch push for a renegotiated agreement before impending political events pause the process until […]

NAFTA: As deadline nears, Trudeau, Trump discuss prospects of quick deal

May 14 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the possibility Monday of immediately wrapping up a NAFTA deal despite signs of skepticism about whether that goal is feasible. U.S. officials are sounding less than bullish about the prospects of a NAFTA deal by week's end, which is considered the unofficial deadline for finalizing an agreement […]

Libs on Harper praising Trump on Iran deal: He’s entitled to his opinion

May 10 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The Trudeau government is playing down its difference of opinion with former prime minister Stephen Harper over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. Two different senior Liberals offered similarly low-key reactions after the former prime minister and several other former politicians took out a full-page ad in the New York Times […]

Canadian NAFTA concern: North American auto production tied up in red tape

May 9 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — Canada is voicing concerns heard from car companies that some of the rules being considered during the NAFTA negotiations could prove damaging to one of this continent's biggest industries. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she raised some of those worries Wednesday during a meeting with her U.S. counterpart, as countries make what […]

NAFTA watch: Countries meet in possible final push for deal in 2018

May 7 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The NAFTA countries began a days-long negotiating round Monday in what could be their final chance for an agreement this year, before the talks enter electoral hibernation. Any possibility of a deal hinges on the ability of Mexico and the United States to resolve a central issue of these negotiations, one that has significantly divided those two countries: auto parts. Mexico delivered a […]

NAFTA’s moment of truth: Coming days could decide whether deal happens this year

May 4 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — A moment of truth approaches in the NAFTA negotiations, with the coming days likely to reveal not only whether an agreement is achievable this year, but also how extensive such an agreement might be. Even participants at the negotiating table profess to be in suspense about how the United States will proceed, should it finally secure its […]

U.S. delays tariffs again: Steel, aluminum levies paused another month to June 1

Apr 30 2018 — Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON — The United States has delayed the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs for another month, with a late-evening announcement Monday that pushed the internationally contentious issue off to June 1. The announcement came just before the deadline for the tariffs taking effect and marked the second such delay over an issue that has threatened […]