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"NAFTA's many strengths rest on the fact that it ties together three economically vibrant nations, drawing upon each of our strengths to boost the competitiveness of the whole".

Talks on a new trade deal started a year ago but bogged down over USA demands, including some meant to return manufacturing to the United States. CTV News Canada notes, Gilles LeVasseur, a business and law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Trump's Saturday Tweets may suggest he could be nervous that he might fail to have Congressional support because Congress is pro-trade.

Canadian views are mixed on how widely needed the panels are.

The controversial remarks come amid increased tensions between the USA and Canada, in part over trade.

Real wages for most Americans haven't risen in about 40 years. "This is a very, very intense set of conversations and I continue to feel that there is a lot of good will on all sides".

"I can say as someone who lives in OH, I don't think for the time being there's a great deal of support to proceed with a deal absent Canada", he said. Neither US nor Canadian negotiators are talking publicly about the issues that divide them.

"The approach the Trump administration has taken - "my way or the highway" - doesn't seem created to get to yes", said Michael Camunez, CEO of Monarch Global Strategies who served in President Obama's Commerce Department. "Others can decide who falls into what category". -Mexico deal to replace NAFTA, possibly without Canada. He has vowed to negotiate a better deal - or withdraw from NAFTA altogether.

After the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on new rules for auto trade and tougher protections for workers and intellectual property, talks with Canada were hung up on the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector. Trump said on Twitter.

When the Trump administration notified Congress a year ago that it meant to renegotiate NAFTA, critics note that it said it would enter talks with both Canada and Mexico.

After intense negotiations last week, USA and Canadian trade teams failed to strike a deal before Mr. Trump's Friday deadline. The talks are scheduled to resume Wednesday in Washington.

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Dispute panels are one of Canada's biggest sticking points left in talks to modernize the 24-year-old deal.

President Donald Trump has threatened to leave Canada on the sidelines since announcing a breakthrough with Mexico on Monday, but the USA president and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have both expressed optimism a deal is close. -Mexican deal, which would benefit Canadian workers too.

"We make new deal or go back to pre-NAFTA!", Trump wrote as part of a subsequent post. He also said he does not believe a revised pact will work without Canada being involved. "The United States is a great friend and ally of Canada, but clearly Mr. Trump is not", he said while campaigning in Quebec City.

On Canada, he said: "I think it is going to happen and we really have developed a really good relationship".

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"Normally we use the president/administration as a shield against a protectionist Congress". "We'd like to change that".

"I think it will oblige us to make a strategic shift in our long-term advocacy in the United States of America", he said.

For example, the U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency, this week scrapped the Commerce Department's duties on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, saying the shipments don't threaten American producers. The U.S. applied tariffs to Canadian shipments in 2017.

Earlier, he said he loved Canada, but says "they've taken advantage of our Country for many years!"

Bruce Campion-Smith is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics.


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