Canada launches NAFTA challenge of 'illegal' US tariffs on solar panels

Mexico's incoming president wants to work with Trump to end NAFTA talks anti-establishment alliance

Canada launches NAFTA challenge of 'illegal' U.S. tariffs on solar panels

Lopez Obrador, a progressive anti-establishment leftist, won Mexico's presidential election on July 1 with 53 percent of the vote, and is set to take office on December 1.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland and her colleagues - Finance Minister bill Morneau and the Minister of global trade Jim Carr. - this week will travel to Mexico city to meet with the future Mexican leader a week later after President trump has voiced the idea of a separate economic deals with Canada and Mexico.

- Autos: The U.S. Commerce Department is also investigating whether duties should be applied on all autos entering the U.S. based on the premise they pose a national security risk to the U.S. Trump has proposed tariffs of 25 per cent in a decision he insists would help American workers.

The negotiations, which had effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico struggled to accommodate USA demands for major changes, will resume in Washington on Thursday.

He will be accompanied by Jesus Seade, the designated chief NAFTA negotiator of the incoming Mexican administration.

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Guajardo is due to meet his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday, also to discuss NAFTA. The U.S.is now gearing up for mid-term congressional and senate elections in November.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Canada is the premier goods export market for businesses in five of the six New England states - in the sixth state, it is the second-largest market - representing more than $8.3 billion in exports in 2017 alone. The leftist former mayor of Mexico City has said he plans to maintain NAFTA, and his allies have said the transition team will take part in talks.

If the wage floor was enacted immediately, the Canadian official said, four major Mexican auto plants would immediately go out of business.

Lopez Obrador, Trump said at the "Made in America Product Showcase," is "a terrific person" and the two spoke "at length on a call". The United States refused to grant this during talks this spring and this greatly contributed to stalling talks, the official said. Mexico is also adamant about rejecting this expiration date on NAFTA.

Seade said Mexico was paying close attention to Trump. Both Canada and Mexico are willing to agree to a review of NAFTA however. The Americans presented this as an agreement with Mexico on subjects such as auto content rules and challenged the Canadian government to respond before Ottawa learned there in fact was no deal and that Mr. Videgaray had only been speaking hypothetically to the new USA administration.

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