Canada column for Sunday, July 16/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canada’s leaders feel confident that President Donald Trump won’t be “ripping up” the three-country North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the assurance from Vice President Mike Pense while attending a meeting of state governors in Rhode Island on Friday.
“We will modernize NAFTA for the 21st century so that it is a win-win-win for all of our trading partners in North America,” Pence said to applause from Trudeau.
His remarks came days before the U.S. government plans to issue its thoughts about NAFTA negotiations that are to begin next month.
In a speech to Pense and the governors, Trudeau urged more trade, not less, saying “we must get this right.”
“We’re grateful for the prime minister’s leadership and his early outreach to this administration,” Pense said.
He said the U.S. is “looking forward to bringing NAFTA into the future in a way that will equally benefit both our countries.”