Freeland to head back to Washington for more NAFTA negotiations

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Officials say the main sticking points are Canada's dairy quota regime, Ottawa's desire to keep a dispute-resolution mechanism, and Canadian media laws that favour (921.23 billion pounds) domestically produced content.

USA officials say time is running out to reach a deal that the current Congress can vote on.

"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.

The prime minister Justin Trudeau has been clear about its intentions: we do not assign the management of the offer.

Freeland and her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left the bargaining table Friday without a deal following two weeks of what she has described as intense, but productive, negotiations. "The longer term is not almost as clear", said Ekos pollster Frank Graves."Trade wars are never good for the respective combatants and if this escalates it could have very deleterious economic impacts". "People are kind of sitting on the sidelines thinking, 'How will this affect us in the future?' If we were to lose the auto industry here that would put us into some type of recession", Chiodo said, noting that the auto trade has "always been pretty fair" for both the USA and Canada. While China/US tensions have seemed to support the dollar, with the US seeing as to have the upper hand, NAFTA progress should be CAD and commodities which would ultimately weigh on the greenback and potentially lift the price of gold - well, at least that is what we have seen in the late hours of US trade.

He said, however, it was wrong for Canada to have publicly declared it would not accept concessions on certain files.

Washington had already reached a NAFTA agreement with Mexico in late August and has informed Congress it intends to sign a new treaty by November 30, including Canada if possible.

Data released on Wednesday showed the US trade deficit hit a five-month high of $50 billion.

Wednesday was the first day that negotiations between the two countries resumed after four intensive days of talks last week ended without a deal on Friday after the mood soured. "I think there will be agreement on NAFTA based on the benefit to all three national economies".

"Even if we gave him everything he wanted - and there is no way we would ever do that - who can say whether he'd be satisfied?" said one source, who declined to be identified given the extreme sensitivity of the situation.

"President, I recommend we accept this deal with Canada; it's not flawless, but it's a good deal, ' then I think he takes it,"' Mulroney said.

Discussions weren't expected to get going again until the end of the week.

Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal without Canada.

Canadian officials have said they are working on the assumption that they have until the end of September to make a deal.

"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars".

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