NAFTA's Failure Inevitable Over US 'Poison' Demands - Canadian Labor Union

Canada talks tough with free trade talks looming

"They can pay for it indirectly through NAFTA", Trump told the Journal.

Canadian officials say if Trump does announce a US withdrawal, it could be a negotiating tactic created to win concessions.

"Canada is prepared for every eventuality, and that is a whole of government preparation".

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is likely to "fall apart" in any case, as the United States has too many "poison" demands, but Canada might be better off without the deal than with it in its current form, the president of the country's largest private sector union Unifor, told Sputnik.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the WTO filing was a "broad and ill-advised attack".

Trump has repeatedly threatened to walk away from NAFTA unless Canada and Mexico agree to major changes Washington says are needed to make the 1994 treaty more fair.

"We are focused on achieving real progress, including in Montreal‎ later this month."

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"I think we need to take our neighbours at their word, take them seriously", CTV News cited Freeland as saying.

NAFTA is the biggest free trade agreement in the world with a common market of some 460 million people and has knit together the economies of Canada, Mexico and the United States since it entered into force in 1994.

The Canadian dollar fell 0.9% to $1.2574 against the greenback at 3:05 p.m.in Toronto.

The president also suggested gains to the USA from a revamped Nafta could be used to pay for a southern border wall, which he has previously called on Mexico to finance.

But while Champagne was talking tough, Freeland said she remains hopeful a new NAFTA deal beneficial to all three countries can be reached.

AgCanada reports that Mexico remains firm on its position to get up and leave from the negotiating table if Trump goes through with the move.

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