NAFTA talks intensify. United States seen putting off key demand on autos

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Under the current terms of NAFTA, at least 62.5 per cent of a vehicle's content must be made in North America to qualify for duty-free access between the U.S., Canada and Mexico - which is already "the highest content requirement of any trade deal we're aware of", according to Nantais.

"This is a political negotiation and Trump is in charge, so yes we have to be very tired of that", said Ambrose in an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period.

The third round of NAFTA renegotiations is set to kick off Friday.

The premise is that NAFTA isn't working and during the tri-nation negotiations between Canada, the US and Mexico, the trade agreement needs to be substantially changed.

But while Canadian officials had been hopeful the US would finally put some flesh on the bones of its auto-sector position over the course of the five-day session, they say it's now uncertain whether American negotiators are ready to show their hand.

Napolitano, who was secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama when the DACA program began in 2012, also expressed doubt that Congress will be able to approve the DREAM Act before March, when Trump has said he'll rescind the deferred deportation program. These countries are the two largest destinations for USA goods and services, accounting for more than one-third of total US exports.

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When NAFTA was negotiated in 1994, it lowered trade barriers and allowed more-or-less free-flowing trade across North America's borders.

Also on Wednesday, negotiators will focus on the arm's length trade dispute settlement mechanism, which Canada and Mexico call essential but the USA wants to scrap, and the controversial investor state dispute settlement mechanism, whereby companies can sue a government for allegedly discriminatory practices. "Even more alarming is the fact that the most recent data available on value-added in trade is only through the year 2011", he added.

Canada-U.S. trade is effectively in balance with Canada posting a sizable deficit in auto parts and running a surplus in finished vehicles.

"There isn't a lot of common ground in terms of the approach the U.S.is taking on the USA side", she said.

Canadian government officials insist the talks are going well.

Rules of origin - one of the most complicated and contentious issues on the table, particularly when it comes to the auto sector - is on the agenda for the third round which starts Saturday in Ottawa. "I have no problem raising the rules of origin, but rules of origin in itself won't fix the problem because if they relocate auto-parts plants from Europe and Asia, they will just go to Mexico because their minimum wage is 65 cents an hour". "Thousands of American factory workers have lost their jobs because of these provisions".

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"This is a free trade negotiation, but we're sitting across the table from someone who isn't necessarily talking free trade".

The Sept. 18 poll of 1,534 Canadians shows there is less concern about including gender-equality and Indigenous-rights issues in a renegotiated NAFTA.

The numbers for the automobile industry specifically are similar - not surprising because automobiles account for 27 percent of total imports from Canada and Mexico.

That two-way trade, alone, supports 6 million U.S.jobs. But former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan, pointing to the "Trump-Sinatra doctrine of my way or the highway", injected a dose of realism into what he called a discussion full of "Panglossian optimism".

"The President is committed to having free and fair trade with our trading partners ... but we're not going to be taken advantage of".

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