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Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks on Tuesday as time runs short

Canada's Freeland to hold NAFTA talks on Tuesday as time runs short

It seems nearly a given now that any trade deal Canada strikes with the United States will have to offer up more American access to the Canadian dairy market. "It would cause a massive disruption and I think lots of layoffs in the United States", Trudeau said on Canadian radio.

Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue meeting with her U.S. counterpart.

Lighthizer and Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to the negotiating table for one day Tuesday after leaving talks in the hands of officials since Friday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last Wednesday he did not see the need to attend the talks for the time being. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, speaking in an interview broadcast on Sunday, said Canada had to scrap a low-price milk proteins policy to reach a deal on NAFTA. U.S.

"Well, right now, we said we're going to focus on this", Ford told 640 Toronto guest host Anthony Furey in reference to the Toronto council decision.

Freeland used the fact the day also happened to be the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in Washington and New York make a point about two long-standing friends and neighbours.

"I think that remembering today, and what happened today, maybe that helps us all to put into perspective the negotiations that we're having", Freeland told reporters, noting the "importance and significance" of US-Canadian ties.

"We consulted extensively with the people of Ontario during the (election) campaign, and they spoke clearly", Andrew Brander said in an email Tuesday evening.

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Freeland emerged after meeting with Lighthizer, saying talks were occurring in a "good" atmosphere.

"There was a significant public outcry, so much so that the bill actually failed - well, it passed, but after only one day, it was revoked", she said.

Major stumbling blocks for Ottawa and Washington remain: an global system for resolving disputes, Canada's protected dairy industry and Canadian cultural subsidies. "That's not who we are", Craft said in prepared remarks.

"Sure, it's business and it's important, but Gander is the place that - in a snapshot - illustrates the Canada/U.S. relationship".

"We're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win, win, win that we know is there".

Still, Mulroney said it's "no secret" he's against the tool being used to override decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada.

But Wiens said concessions made in Canada's CP-TPP free-trade deal with Pacific nations and the CETA agreement with Europe have already forced his members to give up an extra five per cent of the market - a $250 million loss.