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Canada’s NAFTA Demands: Good Luck With That, Say Skeptical U.S. Trade Vets

Posted August 16, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Some of Canada’s key demands in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation will be a tough sell in the United States, according to former American trade officials who say they will be difficult to achieve in the climate of a Donald Trump, America First-themed presidency.

The Canadian government has just released priorities for the talks which begin Wednesday and they include a broad desire for four new chapters, and two specific demands: fewer Buy American rules for public contracts and freer movement of professionals.

It’s the latter two some see as a long shot.

That includes a former official who oversaw procurement at the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Speaking in an interview a few days before Canada formally announced its positions, Stephen Kho explained why it’s always been difficult to extend free trade in procurement to the state and local level, as Canada wants. Click here to read more.

Related: As NAFTA Talks Begin, Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda Looms Large (Reuters)