Canada Seeking Common-ground Improvements with U.S. in Any Trade Talks, Ambassador Says


By Alexander Panetta, Ottawa Citizen 2017-01-03

The Canadian government is signalling the approach it intends to take should U.S. president-elect Donald Trump make good on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In a lengthy interview, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. expressed his desire to see the countries propose common-ground, common-sense ideas that improve the old agreement instead of flinging out hardball demands that could produce drama-filled bargaining.

“We have done an extensive amount of work (to prepare for this),” David MacNaughton said. “We have a good sense of what would be in Canada’s interest. ...

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