Canadian farmers say they will not accept dairy concessions in NAFTA talks

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, arrives at the Office of The United States Trade Representative in Washington on Tuesday.

Trudeau and his ministers will hold a caucus retreat in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to plot their strategy.

The father of the North American Free Trade Agreement says the Canadian government will likely need to show some "flexibility" on dairy if a new deal is to be secured.

Recently, on August 31, Robert E. Lighthizer, Trump's NAFTA negotiator, said in a statement that "today the president notified the Congress of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico - and Canada, if it is willing - 90 days from now". The Pacific trade pact provided those countries with access to 3.25 per cent of Canada's market, and expectations are the USA won't go any lower.

"We're looking for a deal which is good for Canadians, which is good for Canadian workers, which is good for Canadian families (and) good for Canadian farmers", Freeland said on "The West Block".

But if anything has encapsulated the shift since then, it has been the hard renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has dragged on for some 13 months already - and is only one part of the ongoing cross-border trade dispute.

"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.

Trump has notified Congress he intends to sign the trade deal reached last week with Mexico by the end of November, and officials said the text would be published by around October 1.

Canada has encouraged overproduction and flooded export markets for milk proteins used in cheese and yogurt, hurting United States dairy farmers, Perdue said in an interview aired on Sunday on C-SPAN television.

Daniel Ujczo, a US trade lawyer who has worked for both the Canadian and the USA governments, rejects the notion that Canada and the United States are at a stalemate.

"I think it's something that we obviously have to be aware the president is contemplating".

Freeland said the memorials should help to add some context to the ongoing negotiations on free trade that were started at Trump's behest.

She has declined to discuss specifics about the talks, noting she and Lighthizer have agreed to refrain from negotiating in public. "We're just going to stay working constructively to get to that win, win, win that we know is there", he said in the interview.

"We have been very clear on that, that there can not be more access given", Wiens said in a telephone interview.

Experts note that the desire to make a trade deal happen is influenced by upcoming political events, including the USA midterm elections in November, a transition of presidential power in Mexico in December and next year's Canadian election.

  • Eleanor Harrison