Canada, US, Mexico agree to continue NAFTA talks

Canada, US, Mexico agree to continue NAFTA talks

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau participate in a media availability during the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Que., on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The meeting involving members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee followed President Donald Trump calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" after the Group of 7 summit in Quebec over the weekend.

She said the answer to the dispute was simple: "The U.S. has to remove these unfair, illegal tariffs from Canada and from its allies".

Freeland huddled behind closed doors with Senate Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker and other senators on the committee eager to fix the fraying relationship after President Donald Trump cited national security interests for slapping punitive tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. The tariffs include a 25% tax on imported steel and a 10% tax on imported aluminum.

"They are a naked example of the United States putting its thumb on the scale, in violation of the very rules it helped to write". "But she said those institutions remain the guardians of liberal democratic values at a time when populism and authoritarianism "is on the march" in Russia, China, Venezuela and elsewhere".

"We can continue working now, and that we will be working hard over the summer", Freeland added.

"Canada, for one, is going to stand up in defense of that system".

Freeland gave a thinly veiled thumping to Trump's America First foreign policy. "But if history tells us one thing, it is that no one nation's pre-eminence is eternal".

She won applause when she said, "preserving Lincoln's vision" means fighting back against those who try to hijack democracy.

"Facts matter. Truth matters".

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The centre-right leader said a tariff-free area among G7 allies would be an ideal outcome, but she made clear that any talks about such a trade bloc would have to include non-tariff barriers to trade as well as free access to public tenders.

Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the United States and Canada need to "take a deep breath".

The committee's Republican chair, Sen.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said he hoped Freeland would return home and share with Canadians "that the view of the president is not the view of all the American people" or a majority of senators.

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision to rescind support for the statement was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on US companies.

The United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, overwhelmingly winning a vote by soccer's world governing body on Wednesday (June 13), even though U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with his neighbors and others during his 18 months in office.

Navarro made the fiery remarks on "Fox News Sunday" after Trudeau held a post-G7 press conference in which he said that Canada will not be "pushed around" by the United States, and called Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum "unjust". Canada recently issued retaliatory tariffs that would go into effect on July 1.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologised for saying there was "a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

After meeting Thursday with Trump's main NAFTA negotiator Robert Lighthizer to keep the modernizing of the three-country trade pact from disappearing down the proverbial bowl, Freeland was off to Toronto for a scheduled meeting with her newest ally in this war of words and actions, Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford.

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