Canada-U.S. pact pos­si­ble if NAFTA fails, Trudeau says

Windsor Star - - FINANCIAL POST -

GUANGZHOU, CHINA Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said he would con­sider one-on-one talks with the U.S. on trade, if ne­go­ti­a­tions to up­date the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment fail.

“We will al­ways look at dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Trudeau said Thurs­day in re­sponse to a ques­tion about a two-way U.S. trade deal at the For­tune Global Fo­rum in China. “We’re ready for any­thing, when things come for­ward. The new ad­min­is­tra­tion has shown a will­ing­ness to dis­rupt the pat­terns of past be­hav­iour and look for new mod­els, and we’re will­ing to en­ter­tain next steps for­ward.”

The prime min­is­ter, who was in the south­ern Chi­nese city of Guangzhou to wrap up a five-day visit, said the 23-year-old NAFTA “needs to be up­dated” and warned that can­celling the pact would harm Cana­di­ans.

His com­ments fol­lowed the un­ex­pected break­down in Canada’s ef­forts to launch free-trade talks with China, with of­fi­cials say­ing the two sides would con­tinue dis­cus­sions.

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