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Wilbur Ross Says Canadian Provincial Elections a Reason to Speed NAFTA Talks

Posted September 11, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Katie Simpson – CBC News)

One of Donald Trump’s most trusted cabinet members says provincial elections in Canada are part of the reason NAFTA talks must move at "record-breaking" speed.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made the comments to the Washington Post during a live question and answer session today, covering a range of financial issues.

But trade experts are questioning Ross’s claim, since the federal government handles trade issues and only three provinces have elections scheduled for 2018.

Ross said NAFTA talks “can’t drag on too long because of the political calendar.”

“You have the Mexican presidential elections in mid-summer next year, you have Canadian provincial elections around the same time....and then obviously in November next year we have the mid-term (U.S.) elections.”

“As you get closer to all of those political dates, the ability to get anything done will go down,” Ross added. Click here to read more.

Related: U.S. Secretary Ross Said NAFTA Exit Still Possible (AFP)