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‘Serious possibility’ NAFTA revamp outlasts Trump; longer talks could help Canada, say analysts

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The Trump administration's negotiating priorities for the NAFTA suggest it wants to change things, but keep everything the same, says a former Bush adviser.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was on the Hill on Aug. 14 to brief MPs on the House Trade Committee about Canada’s goals in NAFTA renegotiations, the first round of which is set to start in Washington Aug. 16 to 20.
The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

It's possible NAFTA renegotiations getting underway this week could hurdle past expected end-dates being floated by government officials and, in turn, give Canada an advantage, say trade analysts. Timelines suggesting the talks could wrap up late this year or early next don't take into account major stumbling blocks in the United States, say trade analysts. The Trump administration’s list of negotiating priorities for the new NAFTA shows it may be struggling to reconcile U.S. President Donald Trump’s public pronouncements

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