Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is gearing up for four days of critical meetings with lawmakers and business leaders as he heads out on yet another trade and investment mission to the U.S.
As talks aimed at revitalizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) drag on, Prime Minister Trudeau is setting off on another trade and investment mission to the US where he will meet with both USA lawmakers and business leaders as he continues to sell the merits of free trade and investing north of the border.
Speaking at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Trudeau said it's possible that it might be better for Canada to accept "no deal" rather than accede to revised trade proposals from the Trump administration.
"At the same time, we need to improve NAFTA", he said.
'The one thing Donald Trump has taught us is that you can't take the USA for granted, ' former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson said of the current USA president.
The next round of NAFTA renegotiation talks, at the insistence of US President Donald Trump, is scheduled for the end of this month. He said his nation will not be pushed into any old deal, adding that it may be that "no deal is better for Canada".
Not unlike Obama, Trudeau's progressive policies make him an easy punching bag for the US right.
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The flight had stopped for refueling in former West Germany amid wintry conditions. A ceremony is being held at the site - now officially known as Manchesterplatz.
Trudeau maintained that over the more than two decades that NAFTA has been in place, the American economy has also added 33 million net new jobs, which is nearly the entire population of Canada, some 36 million.
Despite his tough talk, Trudeau promised that Canada would engage "thoughtfully and constructively" in talks with the US and Mexico.
The trade relationship between Illinois and Canada came up repeatedly during public events Trudeau had earlier in the day, first with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and then Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "And being firm on that is, I think, what Canadians expect of me".
Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, said Trudeau was "lightly ribbing a woman who was rambling about the power of women".
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There are also USA demands for greater market access to Canada's protected dairy industry, amplifying Trudeau's message among dairy farmers in IL, neighbouring Wisconsin, and California. And in Los Angeles, he'll speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.