Trade re­as­sur­ances

NAFTA seen as a 3-way ne­go­ti­a­tion, Free­land tells Mex­i­cans

Cape Breton Post - - News -

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land is in Mex­ico City to re­as­sure of­fi­cials Canada is com­mit­ted to a three­way rene­go­ti­a­tion of the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment along with the United States.

Free­land is down­play­ing any sug­ges­tion the NAFTA rene­go­ti­a­tion might lead Canada to do a side deal with a hard-bar­gain­ing Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion — some­thing Mex­ico doesn’t want.

She says it is sim­ply com­mon sense that the 23-year-old agree­ment is “mod­ern­ized” by all three mem­ber coun­tries.

Some groups, such as the Cana­dian Amer­i­can Busi­ness Coun­cil, have said that if the go­ing gets too tough be­tween Mex­ico and the U.S., Canada should con­sider go­ing it alone

on a sep­a­rate deal with the U.S.

Mex­i­can For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Luis Vide­garay says Free­land’s pres­ence in Mex­ico City sends a strong sig­nal.

The two min­is­ters are tak­ing part in a day-long con­fer­ence ti­tled, “Mex­ico and North Amer­ica: A Global Pow­er­house.”

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Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Chrys­tia Free­land.

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