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  • NAFTA Talks To Resume This Week

Canada and the United States will make a final push to iron out differences on a pact to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Friday, with Mexico on standby to return to talks aimed at ending a year of hard-fought negotiations.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, returned to Washington on Tuesday for talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that Canada will defend the supply management system at the negotiating table."We will not get rid of supply management", he said in French during a pit stop in Oshawa Aug. 31.

Freeland will spend Tuesday in the US capital before she heads to Saskatoon to attend Liberal caucus meetings that begin later in the day and run through Thursday.

Solemn cross-border remembrances slammed headlong into the present-day fight over free trade Tuesday as Canada and the US resumed their protracted effort to rescue NAFTA on the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in Washington and New York City. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.

Canada's Chrystia Freeland said of the negotiations that: "It's going to take flexibility on all sides".

Wiens declined to say what action the organization would take if an updated NAFTA deal gave the USA a greater chunk of the Canadian market, but did not rule out campaigning against ratification of the agreement, or the Liberal government. "You can't fix NAFTA without fixing issues with Canada", said Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees trade.

"Canada wants to make a deal".

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The two sides have so far been unable to resolve their differences over US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

"It seems even if we give a lot, the USA keeps asking for more", said Mr. Kronby, an global trade lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais.

Daniel Ujczo, a US trade lawyer who has worked for both the Canadian and the USA governments, rejects the notion that Canada and the United States are at a stalemate. "I think it will be gone". Trump wanted changes that would destroy family farms across Canada, he said.

It is unclear how long the current round of talks will go on in Washington. "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior global trade adviser for a Washington law firm.

"The U.S. knows what Canada's tough issues are, so they're going to hold those to the end, and squeeze out concessions on every other issue they can", said Ujczo, who is regularly briefed on the talks.

President Donald Trump has made it very clear that American farmers are a priority, Mulroney said - adding Trump needs a "victory" for them.

However, Trump hinted that the Friday deadline may be flexible, saying that a deal with Canada may come that day, or "within a period of time".

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