Canada Canada's PM talks tough on NAFTA, repeats he could walk away

07:35  03 february  2018
07:35  03 february  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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NANAIMO, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough line on NAFTA on Friday, repeating that he could walk away if he was not happy with talks to modernize a pact the United States contends needs major changes.

NANAIMO, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough line on NAFTA on Friday, repeating that he could walk away if he was not happy with talks to modernize a pact the United States contends needs major changes.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting in Nanaimo© REUTERS/Kevin Light Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting in Nanaimo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough line on NAFTA on Friday, repeating that he could walk away if he was not happy with talks to modernize a pact the United States contends needs major changes.

"The negotiations are complex and challenging ... I've said many times, we are not going to take any old deal," Trudeau told a sometimes raucous town hall event in the Pacific province of British Columbia. "Canada is willing to walk away from NAFTA if the United States proposes a bad deal."

"We will not be pushed around. At the same time we can remain confident about NAFTA," he said, adding that if Washington walked away from the deal it would be "extremely harmful and disruptive" to both the United States and Canada.

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NANAIMO, British Columbia (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough line on NAFTA on Friday, repeating that he could walk away if he was not happy with talks to modernize a pact the United States contends needs major changes.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a tough line on Nafta on Friday, repeating that he could walk away if he was not happy with talks to modernise a pact the United States contends needs major changes.

Canada and Mexico are striving to address U.S. demands for NAFTA reform, which they argue threaten the highly integrated North American economy.

On Monday, a senior U.S. trade official rejected proposals for unblocking the negotiations but pledged to seek "breakthroughs," easing concerns that Washington would soon withdraw from the $1.2 trillion North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau said he did not think U.S. President Donald Trump would pull out of NAFTA, despite slow progress at the talks.

During the town hall event Trudeau was interrupted by hecklers angry that his Liberal government approved a plan by Kinder Morgan Canada (KML.TO) to increase the capacity of an oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia.

Police removed at least three demonstrators, who complained the risk of a spill was too great to allow the project to continue. Trudeau repeated that the pipeline would be built.

(Reporting by Kevin Light; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

‘Canada does not treat us right,’ Trump complains on trade, the border .
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a vague jab at Canadian trade practices on Monday.“We lose a lot of money with Canada. Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” he said at a White House event on his new infrastructure proposal. “So they’ll either treat us right or we’ll just have to do business a little bit diff… really differently,” he said. “We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.”Trump has sometimes struggled to speak clearly about trade specifics, and it was not at all clear what he meant by “the crossing the borders” or by “the farming.” © Chip Somodevilla U.S.

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