(Alexander Panetta & Mike Blanchfield – Canadian Press)
The NAFTA train remains on track – for now.
U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer says enough progress has been made over the past week to warrant moving forward with a fresh round of talks in Mexico, but he’s also making it clear that more work needs to be done.
Lighthizer is clearly not happy with Canadian proposals aimed at breaking a logjam on autos, and he accused Canada of mounting a “massive attack” on its trading regime with a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization earlier this month.
But overall, he said the latest round of NAFTA negotiations have made progress, although Canada, the U.S. and Mexico owe it to their citizens to pick up the pace of the talks.
“Some real headway was made here today,” Lighthizer said. “We’re committed to moving forward.” Click here to read more.