NAFTA talks: Loosen protections on dairy sector, New York Republican says

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Teamsters Canada represents the interests of 125, 000 workers in all sectors of activity, including 5000 in the dairy industry. "That I know for sure, right from the horse's mouth".

"Achieving that deal is going to require good will, good faith and flexibility on both sides, and we think that's eminently possible", Freeland said after the latest set of bilateral meetings in Washington with her American counterpart, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

She has declined to discuss specifics about the talks, noting she and Lighthizer have agreed to refrain from negotiating in public.

"That has been the right decision", Freeland said late Tuesday of the mutual agreement to avoid publicly disclosing details of the talks.

The in-person, high-level negotiations got back underway as events marking the 17th anniversary of the 2001 attacks took place around the US, including at the Pentagon with Vice President Mike Pence, not far from where the trade meetings are taking place.

He professes to have American interests at heart in his hard-line handling of Canada in these ongoing NAFTA negotiations. "They did some very hard work and the discussions over the weekend were, as they were at the beginning of this process, constructive and productive, and we decided it would be a good idea to have a meeting today".

"At the end of the day, we're neighbors - and at the end of the day, neighbors help each other when they need help", she said.

Trudeau, who over the past year has faced increasing criticism for backtracking on promises, ordering endless consultations on major topics and failing to fulfill many of his campaign promises, had taken a tougher stance against the United States in recent weeks. Earlier on Wednesday, the Trump administration's own anti-dumping duties on Canadian paper, used in books and newsprint, were thrown out by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Craft, a fixture at the NAFTA talks last week, was in Gander, N.L., to commemorate the role that town played on the day 17 years ago when the United States shut down its airspace, forcing countless passenger airliners to find refuge wherever they could.

"Even Canadian concessions on dairy may not be enough to make the US keep the current dispute resolutions", said Carlos Capistran and Mingzi Yi, economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a note.

The independent panel ruled that about $1.21 billion in such paper imports from Canada were not harming US producers.

Ottawa and Washington are trying to reach an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month's end.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who says he is prepared to tear up NAFTA, has struck a trade deal with Mexico and threatened to push ahead without Canada.

Wiens declined to say what action the organization would take if an updated NAFTA deal gave the USA a greater chunk of the Canadian market, but did not rule out campaigning against ratification of the agreement, or the Liberal government.

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