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    Nafta- maybe renegotiated after August 16, 2017-notice to Congress

    Trump administration writes Congress to officially trigger NAFTA renegotiation - Politics - CBC News

    The Trump administration has written to Congress, officially triggering the 90-day consultation period required before renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico can begin.

    Robert Lighthizer, who was finally confirmed Monday as the United States trade representative, wrote to Congressional leaders in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to officially give notice that President Donald Trump intends to initiate negotiations "regarding modernization" of NAFTA.

    The letter says the Americans intend to initiate talks "as soon as practicable," but no earlier than 90 days from this notice, as required by current U.S. trade law. That means the earliest Canada's negotiators could be sitting down with their counterparts to discuss their opening positions would be Aug. 16.

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    The letter did not, however, offer details about what the scope of these negotiations would include.

    A copy of the letter obtained by U.S. media cites the need to update chapters that "do not reflect modern standards," and mentions digital trade as being only in its infancy when NAFTA was negotiated in the early nineties.

    It mentions the need for new provisions to "address intellectual property rights, regulatory practices, state-owned enterprises, services, customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labour, environment and small and medium enterprises."


    Lighthizer's department is not required to publish its specific negotiating objectives until 30 days before the start of talks, meaning precise details about what the U.S. wants to update or add in a reworking of the agreement may not be confirmed until July.

    Before issuing Thursday's letter, Lighthizer held two days of meetings with congressional committees this week, as also required by U.S. trade rules.

    'Important juncture': Freeland

    Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement that the three-month notice period "has long been anticipated" as part of the U.S. process.

    No formal consultation is required under Canadian law, but Freeland said the government has been consulting closely with "the provinces and territories, industry, unions, civil society, think-tanks, academics, Indigenous peoples, women, youth and the general public."

    "This will enable us to assess what matters most to Canadians and to advance our interests," the statement said.

    "We are at an important juncture that offers us an opportunity to determine how we can best align NAFTA to new realities — and integrate progressive, free and fair approaches to trade and investment."

    Steve Verheul, the chief negotiator for Canada's new trade agreement with the European Union, is expected to play a central role in the NAFTA talks.

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    This is going to end poorly for us. I know we are all happy that China took our place in the Pacific trade deal, they might as well take our place in this one as well. Trade, who needs stinking trade.....

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    So Trump has kept another campaign promise.

    Good for him.

    I guess life in the WH is actually doing fine in light of the liberal hysteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    This is going to end poorly for us. I know we are all happy that China took our place in the Pacific trade deal, they might as well take our place in this one as well. Trade, who needs stinking trade.....
    Wow is there anything you guys don't over react to?

    Even liberals hate NAFTA now you think Trump doesn't like trade?

    Hahahaha

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    Prediction Nafta won't be scrapped

    @libertariat720=remember our bet see above thread and post #73=It doesn't look like NAFTA is even going to be discussed with Mexico and Canada until Congress signs off on it and they have 90 days to do so. Tick tock, what are the chances Trump cancels NAFTA before your birthday July 20th? I would say next to zero at this point.

    When Trump said something on the campaign trail he didn't even know what he was talking about. I kind of knew he was talking out his ass. There is no way in hell he would ever be allowed to cancel NAFTA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Prediction Nafta won't be scrapped

    @libertariat720=remember our bet see above thread and post #73=It doesn't look like NAFTA is even going to be discussed with Mexico and Canada until Congress signs off on it and they have 90 days to do so. Tick tock, what are the chances Trump cancels NAFTA before your birthday July 20th? I would say next to zero at this point.

    When Trump said something on the campaign trail he didn't even know what he was talking about. I kind of knew he was talking out his ass. There is no way in hell he would ever be allowed to cancel NAFTA.
    NAFTA is around 20 years old and much of it doesn't work.

    Hell the lack of environmental controls in it alone should freak out the left.
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    The liberals here thinks its ok to tax our products going into other nations but we can't tax theirs.

    In whose twisted vision is that fair trade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    NAFTA is around 20 years old and much of it doesn't work.

    Hell the lack of environmental controls in it alone should freak out the left.
    Do you want it scraped? Do you want it renegotiated? Do you want it to stay the same? Pick one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    So Trump has kept another campaign promise.

    Trump announces he'll put a colony on Mars by next year.

    "We now have a colony on Mars. Another promise Trump has kept...and he didn't even make it!"----SpookyCULT


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Do you want it scraped? Do you want it renegotiated? Do you want it to stay the same? Pick one.
    Spooky will support....whatever the White House tells him to support.


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