Canada and Mexico Desperate About NAFTA

Top Canadian and Mexican diplomats expressed optimism on Thursday that a NAFTA deal could be reached early next year and cautioned that widespread uncertainty over the future of the three-way trade agreement had slowed business investment.

Mexican sources say the plan is to hold seven rounds of talks at three-week intervals, a schedule that trade experts warned was aggressive and not easily attainable.

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Geronimo Gutierrez, said his country wanted to get the negotiations over before a presidential election campaign ramps up next year.

Gutierrez said no country would want trade discussions during a campaign.

“That is not wise … because it becomes a Christmas tree, everybody wants to hang something onto the Christmas tree,” he told an audience at the Washington International Trade Association conference.

  • Marius K

    Judging by the styles only on both sides, this won’t go well. The Liberals will try to drag it and consult and getting opinions and finding solutions while US counterpart will be as usual impatient seeks results as soon as the leave the table.
    Has Canada got any leverage?

    • Now, not really.

    • Alain

      Any leverage Canada may have had was throw to the wind by our PM and his government who went out of their way to give the Americans the finger.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Of course Canada and Mexico are desperate. Both hanging onto the coattails of a U.S government that doesn’t give a crap if they are cut loose.