Trudeau Says He’s Encouraged by What He Calls NAFTA Progress

Trudeau Says He’s Encouraged by What He Calls NAFTA Progress

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to a few questions following a meeting with a group of businessmen in Longueuil, Que. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

LONGUEUIL, Que. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has been encouraged by what he calls the progress made by Canada’s NAFTA partners, especially on automobiles.

“This was an important step to moving forward on renegotiating and improving NAFTA,” Trudeau said on Tuesday, a day after the United States and Mexico announced a deal that would replace the North America Free Trade Agreement.

“Our team is right now in Washington digging into the progress made and looking at what the next steps are.”

The White House wants Canada to endorse what President Donald Trump has described as NAFTA’s replacement, by the end of the week.

If Canada declines, Trump has threatened to hit his northern neighbour with automotive tariffs that would cause considerable damage to both economies.

“There’s a lot of documents and a lot of texts to dig into in terms of what has been worked on by Mexico and the United States,” Trudeau said in Montreal-area Longueuil.

“There has been some very positive progress, particularly on autos.”

Trudeau also said he would continue to defend supply management.

That comment came shortly after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Larry Kudlow, the director of the president’s National Economic Council, said in separate interviews that concessions from Canada on dairy are essential to getting a three-way deal by Friday.

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