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Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland has recently crossed the wires providing the key quotes, via Reuters, found below.

  • She welcomes U.S. Commerce secretary Ross’ remarks on Canadian steel not posing security threat.
  • Planned counter tariffs against united states ‘are strong and they need to be’
  • Reiterates that Canada sees no link between NAFTA negotiations and U.S. Tariffs on Canadian steel, aluminum.
  • Says she proposed that NAFTA nations meet every five years to review what had been achieved, says Mexico backs this idea.
  • Reiterates that Ottawa cannot accept a five-year sunset clause, says chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism is crucial.
  • There will continue to be moments of drama in NAFTA talks, remains confident.
  • Still discussing how government can best support steel and aluminum workers.