Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

The Canadian Press

The Canadian government is standing firm in its aggressive action against what it calls unfair American trade practices, saying Thursday that such tactics will earn respect from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Now that it has become known that the NAFTA negotiations are not on a path towards success at all the BoC might refrain from further rate hikes so as to avoid putting additional pressure on the Canadian companies with higher interest rates and as a result a possibly stronger CAD.

A White House spokesman said "there has been no change in the president's position on NAFTA".

Both Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and the country's chief Nafta negotiator Kenneth Smith rebuked Trump's suggestion that gains from a new trade deal may be used to pay for a border wall with Mexico.

Trump appeared at a farm conference this week and made less-aggressive-than-usual remarks about NAFTA.

The minister's comments come a day after stock markets fell following reports that Canada is increasingly of the view that the USA will move to formally withdraw from NAFTA later this month when negotiators meet in Montreal.

In a letter previous year sent to the governors of NY and Wisconsin, the Canadian ambassador to Washington, David MacNaughton, cited data showing dairy trade between the countries benefits the U.S.by a five-to-one margin. "We're waiting", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Miller said Trump's views on trade were formed many years ago and he doesn't expect the president to back off from his campaign pledge to scuttle trade deals that have led to the loss of American jobs and resulted in large trade deficits.

Apart from reiterating to Trump the enormity of the situation-nearly 14 million American workers rely on trade with Canada and Mexico-supporters have also pointed to potential damage to the stock market that could ensue. "I think all of us are mindful of the Mexican elections", Freeland told reporters on the sidelines of a Cabinet retreat.

"There's real concern in the manufacturing committee and the agricultural committee that [leaving NAFTA] would impact the economy in a very negative way", Sen. He also noted the US business community is largely opposed to the Trump administration's stance on NAFTA. He added that he understands it's tough for Mexico to deal with these negotiations during its current election. Dawson asked. She sees Canada resisting changes that would open its dairy and lumber industries to more competition and cultivating new ties with countries in Asia and Europe if the United States withdraws from NAFTA. He does not believe Trump will actually pull out of NAFTA and chalks up the threat as Trump's aggressive negotiating style.

"How do you negotiate with someone who is wanting to kill the deal?"

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