OTTAWA – Overseas Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is on her solution to Washington to re-join Mexico and the US for pressing negotiations that would decide NAFTA‘s future.
Freeland reduce a visit to Europe brief to journey to Washington after President Donald Trump introduced Monday that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a bilateral commerce “understanding” that would result in an overhaul – or maybe the termination – of the three-country settlement.
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Trump invited Ottawa to hitch what he characterised as American-Mexican commerce negotiations, which have stretched by way of the summer time with out Canadian officers on the desk.
He additionally made a pointed menace towards Canada, saying that if it could possibly’t attain a brand new commerce deal, then he’ll slap the nation with devastating tariffs on automotive imports.
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Freeland is underneath rising home stress to not compromise.
Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, was seen on the Ottawa airport Tuesday morning, an indication stress might be mounting for this specific journey.