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Poison pills and protectionism: negotiators still face long list of issues in next NAFTA round

By Samantha Wright Allen      

As negotiators head to Montreal next week for the sixth round of negotiations, here's an overview of the issues in play.

Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul, pictured with Andrew Leslie, parliamentary secretary on Canada-U.S. relations to the minister of foreign affairs, will meet with his counterparts in Montreal next week, from Jan. 23 to 28, for the sixth round in negotiations—one that observers say will be a 'make-or-break' session. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Last week, trade observers could be forgiven for feeling whiplash after reports swung from Canadian advisers expecting an imminent United States withdrawal from NAFTA to U.S. President Donald Trump musing negotiations could continue past Mexico’s July presidential election. The fifth round of negotiations was supposed to be a ministerial meeting, but was a dialled back to technical discussions after an acrimonious fourth round saw the Americans present several non-starters from the Canadian perspective—what Canada’s chief negotiator Steve Verheul

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