Justin Trudeau says Canadians are tough negotiators

"We are not going to be rushed into signing a bad deal", Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary on USA relations, says, adding conversations continue between Canadian and USA officials and that it remains to be seen what could happen over the weekend.

The Americans have imposed a deadline of September 30 to reach a deal.

The decision to hold the texts was made in order to give Canada more time to come on board, one senior source familiar with the talks said.

But a Mexican source close to the talks said that in exchange for this, the United States agreed to drop a demand for tariffs to protect USA seasonal produce growers.

The two sides are still far apart on key issues in the NAFTA talks.

"There is no deadline on this, as far as we are concerned, we want a deal that is good for Canadians, and that's the bottom line", Marc Garneau, who also chairs the cabinet committee on USA -relations, says.

The text will flesh out an agreement in principle reached by the United States and Mexico on August 27 that aims to rebalance automotive trade between the two countries and modernize the almost 25-year-old NAFTA with new chapters on digital trade, stronger labor and environmental standards. Trudeau's office said no such conversation had been requested.

Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold. "We don't like their representative very much".

U.S. lawmakers briefed by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday said that they expect the long-awaited document to largely exclude language related to Canada, but were still hoping for Canada to join.

Trump was publicly angered by comments Trudeau made at his closing G7 press conference in June, and has likely been offended by Freeland's recent speechifying that has defended the worldwide institutions the US president is regularly accused of undermining, said Cyndee Todgham Cherniak, an global trade lawyer.

There was disagreement over whether Canada was making it harder on itself because of Trump's personal disdain for Trudeau and Freeland.

"The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be", he said. "I think he's got a hate on for Canada right now", said Todgham Cherniak, who is on Canada's roster for settling disputes under NAFTA's Chapter 19 - one of the unresolved sections of the current Canada-U.S. talks.

A Trump administration official said the text of the agreement with Mexico was set to be published on Friday. His administration is racing to get approval for the agreement with Mexico by November 30, when Mexico's current President Enrique Peña Nieto and his administration leave office.



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