Canada sends foreign minister to Mexico to negotiate North American Free Trade Agreement
Miss Freeland also told parliament that Canada wanted all three member nations to be at the table for the formal talks, which she indicated should start later this year.
Canada and Mexico both send the majority of their exports to the United States and could be badly hurt if President Trump goes ahead with a threat to rip up the pact unless it is reformed.
Mr Trump says the North American Free Trade Agreement needs major changes
Our mindset is very much a trilateral deal – all three parties must be at the table
Miss Freeland said she was in very close contact with Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who are leading the NAFTA file.
“Next week I am traveling to Mexico to meet with my counterparts there,” she said.
Mr Trump has threatened to rip up the pact unless it is reformed
Several members of the US Senate Finance Committee said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and new US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told them on Tuesday they would prefer the current three-nation format but left open the possibility of parallel bilateral agreements with Canada and Mexico.
Miss Freeland told legislators that “our mindset is very much a trilateral deal – all three parties must be at the table”.