Canada welcomes Trump's 'flexible' timetable for NAFTA deal

Canada’s focus will increasingly turn to building new trade relationships with China a very likely partner

Canada’s focus will increasingly turn to building new trade relationships with China a very likely partner

He now admits that upcoming presidential elections in his sourn neighbor make it harder for Mexico to negotiate and refore declares himself willing to be "a little more flexible".

Some Americans have been detecting lately that the pro-NAFTA lobby effort is working.

Canadian negotiators have been doing some "creative thinking" on the more "unconventional" US proposals, she said.

Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Wednesday night that he has discussed the important role NAFTA plays for farmers in his state at length with Trump several times in the past few weeks, and that he was encouraged by his response. The governing Institutional Revolutionary Party is under intense domestic pressure not to be seen as buckling to the United States, and faces an uphill battle to hold on to power.

Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership CEO Chris Dekker said he also shares Wall's concern, noting that uncertainty is weighing down the Canadian dollar and the stock markets while renegotiation talks, which "have not progressed to anyone's satisfaction", continue. Turn the trilateral negotiation into a bilateral, if it's only the US and Canada?

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"There's been chatter in the market going into this week that it was coming up", Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey. "No, I won't let that happen", he said. I don't think it's a positive for Mexico, I don't think it's a positive for the world. He's weighing both the political and economic consequences of issuing the notice to withdraw. The president said he believes it would be his most powerful negotiating tool.

Canadian government officials say there's an increasing likelihood that US will give six-months' notice to withdraw from.

Justin Trudeau's "progressive" trade agenda - the insistence on including gender parity and Aboriginal issues in trade negotiations with the United States - is being cited as a barrier to progress by senior figures in the USA administration, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mexico probably walks: Insiders familiar with the Mexican negotiators' strategy are adamant: they will leave the negotiating table if Trump triggers Article 2205.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Trump was updated January 11 on the status of NAFTA talks, and he's "very pleased on where things are going".

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