Chrystia Freeland thanked Canadians for their aid after her team of negotiators worked through the night in Washington D.C. primary up to the resumption of high-level trade negotiations with the Trump administration today.
Canada’s alien affairs minister was asked by journalists today about remarks by U.S. Household Ways and Means committee chairman Kevin Brady, who said in a CNBC check out Wednesday morning that Canada should «step it up» to meet this week’s deadline for a new ahead.
«I am paid in Canadian dollars. U.S. legislators are paid in U.S. dollars,» she said. «It is my job to be emblematic of up for the national interest.»
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Freeland said that Canadians deliver been sending flowers, chocolates and notes to her office to let her team to be acquainted with they strongly support Canada in this negotiation.
The minister has concluded her ahead 90-minute meeting of the day with her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. An additional confluence is planned for later in the day.
In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau berated reporters on his way into the weekly Liberal caucus meeting that his work together is «digging in» in Washington.
«We’ve been very clear that we’re interested in what could be a chaste deal for Canada, but we’re going to need to see a certain amount of movement in enjoin to get there, and that’s certainly what we’re hoping to see,» he said.
Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump communicate in by phone Tuesday evening. According to Trudeau’s office, the prime care for «reaffirmed his commitment to a deal that works for both countries.»
The visit between the two leaders followed a day of rising tension on both sides, with Freeland arguing that Canada’s refusal to sign a bad deal wasn’t simply flatulence, while one of Trump’s loyalists in Congress, House majority whip Steve Scalise, unsettled a statement expressing frustration over how long Canada is taking to combine the preliminary deal the U.S. worked out with Mexico last month — and sign of Congressional action if it fails to do so.
Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford travelled to Washington for a day of assignations Wednesday at the Canadian embassy. Freeland told reporters that she was on her way to match with the premier after her first session with Lighthizer. It hand down be the third time she and Ford have discussed the progress of the NAFTA talks, she chance.
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Ford told reporters he’s standing «edge to shoulder» with the federal government, thanking Freeland for her hard mtier.
«We will get this deal done, hopefully sooner than tardier,» he said.
Since taking office, Ford has expressed his support for Canada’s supply-managed subcontract sector, joining Quebec’s premier in backing the dairy industry in the thick of renewed pressure to offer additional access to Canada’s protected market.
«Cultivate jobs are not a bargaining chip,» he told reporters before leaving for Washington.
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‘Plenty is enough’
In Ottawa, the Dairy Farmers of Canada held a press seminar Wednesday morning to say that «enough is enough» — that Canada already has understood up slices of its market in past trade deals and the industry cannot in conflict with to be undermined by the government’s decisions again.
«For American farmers, the Canadian vend is a drop in the bucket. For us, it is our livelihood,» said the dairy farmers’ Manitoba manage, David Wiens.
Trump has indicated that