Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifteenth NewsWatch-

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(Round-NAFTA) (Audio: P09)

As round four of the NAFTA negotiations wrapped up in Washington, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says they're struggling with some unconventional proposals.

She characterizes it as "troubling."

Freeland points out NAFTA has enabled the creation of sophisticated supply chains that allow our companies to make things together and sell them to the world -- and nowhere is that more apparent than in the auto industry.

U-S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the talks are being extended into 2018.

That's a tacit admission that negotiators aren't going to meet their original deadline for a deal by year-end. (15)

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(Morneau-Ethics)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been under fire for failing to place his substantial assets in a blind trust -- but now ethics commissioner Mary Dawson reveals she told him he doesn't have to.

Also in the Commons today, Government House Leader Bardish Chagger rose to the absent minister's defence, saying he has followed all federal ethics guidelines.

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer accused Morneau of hypocrisy after trying to convince Canadians that the Liberals want high income earners to pay their fair share of taxes.

Dawson says, ultimately it is up to Morneau to choose how to handle his affairs. (15)

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(Bombardier-Airbus-Feds) (Audio: P13)

The Trudeau government promises there will be safeguards to make sure this week's surprise deal between Bombardier

and European rival Airbus doesn't hurt Canada's aerospace industry.

Airbus wants to acquire a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series commercial planes after U-S officials proposed a hefty 300 per cent import duty on the jet program.

The CSeries assembly will be done at the Airbus plant in Alabama -- skirting around the U-S tariffs.

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains promises the Trudeau government will include specific long-term promises from Airbus about keeping jobs in Canada. …

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