Canadian trade negotiators to brief PM Trudeau in person

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US and Canadian trade negotiators on Tuesday completed a day of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with reaching a final deal.

Canada's protected dairy industry is one of three sticking points in NAFTA talks between the two countries, along with a system for settling trade disputes and cultural protections for Canadian media firms. "At the end of the day, neighbors help each other when they need help".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the mechanism is crucial to a new NAFTA, but Mexico already has agreed to drop it.

"And one of the things that I think we are accomplishing in this agreement is a better deal for Canadian and USA workers in the auto sector". While Reuters reported on Tuesday that Canada is prepared to make concessions on the issue, it is likely to face opposition among supporters of Trudeau's Liberal Party in Ontario and Quebec.

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That's why Trudeau continues to stand firm that any deal with the USA and Mexico protect Canadian middle class jobs by protecting domestic dairy and poultry production and why he insists a so-called cultural exemption that safeguards domestic television and radio from takeovers by US media conglomerates be included in the new NAFTA. "Possibly they'll be meeting all night long", Freeland said.

Talks are expected to resume after Lighthizer travels to Brussels for trade talks with European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday.

"An early harvest in the area of technical barriers to trade" could come as soon as November, the office said, according to the Financial Times.

Lighthizer faces pressure on dairy from U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who wants more Canadian access for milk producers from the northern part of his home state of NY.

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Wiens declined to say what action the organization would take if an updated NAFTA deal gave the US a greater chunk of the Canadian market, but did not rule out campaigning against ratification of the agreement, or the Liberal government.

Canada and the United States are attempting to put the final touch to a text that could be submitted to Congress at the end of the month and allow Canada to join the agreement signed by the administration Trump with Mexico.

"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars, that's not who we are", Craft told the gathered crowd as she thanked Canada - and Gander - for playing host in 2001 to countless stranded American air passengers.

Uncertainly over the future of NAFTA, which underpins $1.2 trillion in North American trade, is weighing on markets as well as the Canadian and Mexican currencies. Asked if it would be gone from a NAFTA deal, he said, "I think it should be".

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The independent panel ruled that about $1.21 billion in such paper imports from Canada were not harming USA producers. In April 2017, Trump almost withdrew from NAFTA after becoming angered by the plight of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose milk protein exports to Canada had been cut off by the Class 7 pricing scheme.

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