Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

On Labour Day, Trump hits back at largest union leader

On Labour Day, Trump hits back at largest union leader

That letter started a 90-day required notice period for Congress before the president can legally sign a new deal.

The commander-in-chief was referencing the union boss' appearance on "Fox News Sunday," where Trumka said the new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should include Canada. "If we don't make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out", Trump said on Twitter. "Congress should not interfere w/ these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely & we will be far better off", he added. "So, overall, workers aren't doing as well".

On "Fox & Friends", Dr. Sebastian Gorka, who served as a deputy assistant to the president, said Trump isn't getting enough credit for his economic policies, particularly in striking the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement and fighting for fair trade.

A US-Mexico deal sealed on Monday excluded Canada.

Among others, they require Canada to dismantle its dairy board, which manages the supply of dairy and poultry products, particularly in the Quebec region, remove "cultural protection" for Canada's print and broadcasting sectors, the scrapping of the dispute settlement mechanism for resolving trade and investment disputes in the revamped North America Free Trade Agreement, and stringent norms for patent protection for biologics and other new medicines. But Congress has a chance here to stand up to the president and demand a trilateral deal that does include Mexico and Canada.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer said Canada could still join the U.S.

The negotiations had taken an odd turn for the worse Friday over news that President Donald Trump had told Bloomberg News that he wasn't willing to make any concessions to Canada. "You said that the Mexican deal is closed- there's still a lot of work left to be done even on the Mexican deal, Chris, because of the language isn't drafted, we haven't seen whole chapters of the thing".

Canada doesn't have much of an objection to the auto provisions of the U.S.

The US and Mexico announced a breakthrough accord on Monday, potentially leaving Canada out in the cold if no deal is reached, but Ottawa's foreign minister insisted that a "win-win-win" agreement is within reach.

The 24-year-old NAFTA tore down most trade barriers dividing the United States, Mexico and Canada. Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wanted to sign a deal before he left office December 1.

The union president also said the current NAFTA deal has had a "devastating effect" on American workers since its inception in 1994.

"Right now, the US has the negotiating leverage in the negotiating room but Canada has the leverage in terms of Congress, the business community and the general USA public, but that balance will not last forever", Ujczo said. Ottawa does have other complaints.

A spokesperson said Trudeau also spoke with Jerry Dias, the president of the Unifor union which represents autoworkers, and Hassan Yussuff, the president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Talks to keep Canada in the bloc broke up on Friday but are expected to resume next week.

In June this year, Washington introduced a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the EU.

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