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U.S.-Mexico trade deal text to exclude Canada, irritating U.S. lawmakers

By Reuters

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  • B.A. Godmaire
    B.A. Godmaire

    As a Canadian, let me share my perspective. The United States violated the original agreement by putting tariffs on softwood lumber. Without resolution there would have been no recourse. Fool us once shame on you - fool us twice...an agreement will NEVER happen without that clause. When the original agreement was made, Canadians were concerned that all the jobs would go to Mexico. That didn't happen. Why? Because Canada has the skilled labour that companies need to make their product. Canada is LITERALLY

    As a Canadian, let me share my perspective. The United States violated the original agreement by putting tariffs on softwood lumber. Without resolution there would have been no recourse. Fool us once shame on you - fool us twice...an agreement will NEVER happen without that clause. When the original agreement was made, Canadians were concerned that all the jobs would go to Mexico. That didn't happen. Why? Because Canada has the skilled labour that companies need to make their product. Canada is LITERALLY the most educated country in the world. The United States needs access to that skilled labour. Taxing Canadian products only hurts the United States. Housing prices have already gone up because of taxes on lumber. Taxes on vehicles made in Canada will only hurt Americans. The manufacturing won't go to Mexico. It is unlikely it will come back to the U.S. Moving forward without Canada is a bad move for the U.S. and Canada knows it. Canada has only 2 big sticking points - resolution and the dairy industry. I have no idea why it is worth tanking the American economy on those two issues. All Canada is asking is 1- be fair and honour the agreement and 2 - let us control our dairy industry. Really, I cannot understand why this agreement isnt already done. It sure isnt because of Canada.

  • Kevin Wilson
    Kevin WilsonProject Manager at undisclosed

    The biggest barrier to US - Canada trade talks is that there is no actual negotiations underway.

    The US is not negotiating. They make demands and provide no concessions in return. Truth.

    So while the Canadian negotiating team publicly say there are constructive negotiations going 24/7, the reality is that the Canadian trade negotiators are waiting until the US gives a sign they are willing to deal.

    On the dairy issue, Canada created the supply chain management system for milk to prevent exactly

    The biggest barrier to US - Canada trade talks is that there is no actual negotiations underway.

    The US is not negotiating. They make demands and provide no concessions in return. Truth.

    So while the Canadian negotiating team publicly say there are constructive negotiations going 24/7, the reality is that the Canadian trade negotiators are waiting until the US gives a sign they are willing to deal.

    On the dairy issue, Canada created the supply chain management system for milk to prevent exactly what is currently going on in the US milk industry. Huge (or yuge sorry) surpluses of milk and milk products, with no market to send it to. The reality is that because the US mismanaged their dairy industry, their trade position is that they are trying to force this same failed system on Canada...

    Um.. No.

    The real problem with NAFTA is the US of A.

    And no way Canada will tolerate the removal of chapter 19, especially after how the US government has acted lately. Highly untrustworthy.

  • De’Andre Crenshaw
    De’Andre CrenshawRetail Managment at CVS Pharmacy

    Why does everyone keep ignoring it takes 60 votes in the senate and a majority of the house to make these type of changes. There is no way he would get an agreement like this that retools NAFTA to remove Canada one of our biggest trading partners. Trump isn’t able to unilaterally make this change. He must get Canada back to the negotiation table and it likely won’t happen before incoming the income Mexicans President Lopez Obrador is sworn in making any changes to NAFTA unlikely as it will be nearing the end of Trump’s first term.

  • Catherine Tannahill
    Catherine Tannahillprof, teacher

    I suspect the trade resolution dispute is the main sticking point. Canada has profited from that more than the US. With changing demographics, perhaps we should recognize Mexico's increasing importance to the US.

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