Canada PM talks wages on Mexico visit, amid NAFTA talks

Canada PM talks wages on Mexico visit, amid NAFTA talks

Canada PM talks wages on Mexico visit, amid NAFTA talks

But the Americans also want a country-specific change that would increase US content requirements to 50 per cent in the first year of the new deal.

Dziczek and auto industry groups say that the USA content proposal is likely to backfire, with automakers and suppliers simply choosing to pay the 2.5 percent US tariffs for passenger cars and many parts, sourcing more of them from China and other low wage countries in Asia.

Meade's comments drove the peso to a almost five-month low of 18.92 against the dollar, a fall of more than 1 percent in the session.

"There is scope in the negotiation of the agreement for a consensus that benefits the three countries", he said.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has vowed to close "loopholes" in the parts list that he says allow too many cheap auto parts from Asia and other regions to enter the United States.

Mexico appears to be preparing for the worst as the fourth round of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement open in Washington DC. With that in mind, he said he's warned USA trade representative Robert Lighthizer to tread carefully around the sector. Trade among the three countries has more than quadrupled since 1994 to over $1.2 trillion annually.

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"NAFTA is not going anywhere". That looked unlikely to come before Friday, another official familiar with the talks said.

But Trudeau said Canada does have Mexico's support when it comes to introducing a gender chapter into the trade pact.

Negotiators were also set to cover the hard issue of government procurement on Thursday.

Trump has put both Mexico and Canada on the defensive over trade, accusing the former of taking American jobs and the latter of unfair subsidies, and wants to either overhaul or "terminate" NAFTA. USA negotiators have countered with a proposal that would effectively grant the other countries less access, people familiar with the talks say.

The United States's NAFTA negotiating team has formally presented its proposed changes to the auto sector, starting what's likely to be the most contentious rounds of renegotiations, CBC News has learned.

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