Freeland ‘cautiously optimistic’ after hearing Pence’s ‘win-win-win’ comment

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Canada’s top diplomat says she’s cautiously buoyant about U.S. intentions for the North American Free Trade Agreement after gather Vice-President Mike Pence call modernization a «win-win-win» situation.

But merely days before the U.S. is expected to release its trading objectives, Foreign Concerns Minister Chrystia Freeland still won’t say whether she thinks President Donald Trump is after renovations or a perfect demolition of NAFTA, which first came into force in 1994.

In a language on Friday in front of dozens of state governors, as well as Prime Agent Justin Trudeau and Freeland, Pence promised a collaborative approach.

«We transfer modernize NAFTA for the 21st century so that it is a win-win-win for all of our trading partners in North America,» Pence voiced. «We’re looking forward to bringing NAFTA into the future in a way that choice equally benefit both our countries.»

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Mutual understanding to Freeland, Pence «underscored that in his bilateral meeting with us and said that was a barest intentional remark. I think that’s a great attitude for the United Officials to have going into these negotiations.»

Trade talks can raise ‘twists and turns’

Freeland, a former journalist, was taking notes during Pence’s blast and said she drew three stars beside his win-win-win comment.

«That species of approach is really rational based on the objective reality of the relationship, so I am cautiously sanguine,» she said in an interview with Catherine Cullen on CBC Radio’s The House. 

«But, you be aware, trade negotiations — as we know with [the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Harmony] — even between the best of friends who have shared objectives, custom negotiations can have lots of twists and turns.»

On Monday, 30 days rather than formal talks begin, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer‘s job is expected to publish his negotiating objectives, outlining the Trump administration’s orbit going forward.

«I have some ideas of what I am looking for, and I procure some ideas about what I’ll take as a good sign and as a less integrity sign, but I‘m not going to prejudge it until I’ve seen it,» said Freeland.

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