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Trudeau Threatens to Leave NAFTA Rather Than ‘Take Any Old Deal’

Posted February 05, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Greg Quinn – Bloomberg)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made some of his most aggressive comments to date on dealing with U.S. demands to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, adding he still thinks he can get the right deal for his country.

“We aren’t going to take any old deal,” Trudeau said Friday at a town hall in Nanaimo, British Columbia. “Canada is willing to walk away from NAFTA if the United States proposes a bad deal. We won’t be pushed around.”

His comments come days after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to get tough on trade, though he didn’t single out NAFTA, in his State of the Union address. The latest round of NAFTA talks wrapped up in Montreal on Monday, with all sides saying there had been progress, while acknowledging significant gaps remain on some issues. Click here to read more.

Related: Mexico Says U.S. Ties Better Than Ever, and Credits Tillerson (Bloomberg)