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07-17-2017, 09:13 PM
Jul 17, 2017
Washington D.C.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer's objectives include several tough measures for Canada

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has released his negotiating objectives ahead of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement next month, and several will pose problems for Canada at the bargaining table.

In an 18-page summary released Monday, the USTR outlines how the U.S. will seek to eliminate NAFTA's Chapter 19 dispute resolution panels. Canada uses these to appeal duties on things like softwood lumber, and the elimination of the panels was perceived as a potential red line for Canadian negotiators heading into the talks, expected to begin Aug. 17.

American negotiators also want to exempt local and state governments from having to open up government contracts to Canadian and Mexican firms. That's something Canada hoped to achieve in this negotiation, similar to how subnational procurement is opened up to foreign companies in Canada's new trade deal with the European Union.

Read the 18-page USTR release (https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/NAFTAObjectives.pdf)

5 things to watch as U.S. reveals its NAFTA objectives (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nafta-objectives-publication-advancer-1.4205034)

Other language in the report was anticipated, if not altogether friendly to Canada.

The section on agricultural goods does not explicitly target Canada's supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs, but the Trump administration is seeking to eliminate non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural exports, including "restrictive administration of tariff-rate quotas, other unjustified measures that unfairly limit access to markets to U.S. goods, such as cross subsidization, price discrimination and price undercutting."

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07-17-2017, 09:52 PM
The current occupant of the PMO and that crying little 14 year old girl in charge of foreign affairs need to read a book called Art of the Deal. They should do so with great dispatch.

(I know, I'm assuming they can read.)

I don't see this negotiation ending well for Canada.

07-17-2017, 11:34 PM
Lovely. Crappy government federally, increased interest rates, crappy provincial government, closing Massey Tunnel to semis, fires burning up our lumber and mills, and this NAFTA stuff. Way to slow the construction industry down...I know they were looking to cool the markets, but there's a difference between cool and stone cold dead.

07-18-2017, 02:46 AM
With the amount of faith I have in Trudeau to negotiate a good deal on our behalf......well.....let's just say I'd feel more comfortable painting a smiley face on a big red balloon and sending it into a pin factory.

07-18-2017, 02:50 AM
I'd feel more comfortable painting a smiley face on

July 17 is World Emoji Day (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Emoji_Day).

07-19-2017, 06:43 AM
I actually am in favour of some of Trump's talking points on NAFTA...

This country is really in desparate need of a game changing shakeup when it comes to Telecommunications. This is long overdue....

and thousands MORE products being added to DUTY FREE status and a higher $800 threshold (from the paltry current $20) before charges kick in on non Duty Free products is fine by me.