Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cda-NAFTA-Talks-Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cda-NAFTA-Talks-Update

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WASHINGTON - Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she's optimistic about the "intense" talks now under way in the accelerated search for a compromise on NAFTA.

During a break in the high-stakes meeting with her U-S counterpart in Washington, Freeland emphasized the "compromises" by Mexico in the bilateral trade deal with the U-S to increase the wages of its auto workers.

She's suggesting that bodes well for progress but she cautions much more work needs to be done.

Freeland has credited the Mexicans for their difficult decision to compromise on labour and wages as part of its auto rules of origin talks with the U-S, saying that has cleared the way for more substantive talks between Washington and Ottawa.

Freeland says the higher Mexican wages will result in "better conditions for working people in Canada and also in the United States in high wage countries. …

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