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Policy Briefing: NAFTA
U.S. demands funnelled through Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer—pictured in Ottawa with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland—during the NAFTA renegotiation process shouldn’t come at the expense of Canadian prosperity, writes Walid Hejazi. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada should be prepared to walk away from NAFTA if it can’t secure the best deal for Canadians

There have to be issues that are non-starters for Canada at the negotiating table.
The Liberal government has to strike the right chord on NAFTA, or Canadian workers will suffer.
As negotiators head to Montreal next week for the sixth round of negotiations, here's an overview of the issues in play.
However, losing the trilateral trade agreement could be an opportunity for the sector to evolve more deeply into a lower-carbon future.
It's not even clear U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to withdraw from NAFTA, say trade experts, but that doesn't mean observers aren't contemplating the possibility of reinstating the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
Questions remain over whether the U.S. president can withdraw from the trade agreement without support from the rest of the American lawmakers.
From ministers to negotiators to the behind-the-scenes civil servants, it's all hands on deck for the renegotiation of NAFTA, which heads to Montreal Jan. 23 to 28 for the sixth round.
It gives extraordinary protections for private investors, but fails to extend meaningful protections for workers.
It’s a sticky issue that, with a little out-of-the-box thinking, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico could resolve positively for all.

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