Canada PM Trudeau urges US not to snap NAFTA ties just for 'winning'

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Canada PM Trudeau urges US not to snap NAFTA ties just for 'winning'

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Feb 2018

California/Ottawa, Feb 10 (IBNS): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once again urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to reconsider the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before taking any tough decision, media reports said.

In a recent visit to the US, Trudeau urged Trump to think twice about the year-old trade pact couple of times.

Trudeau has said Trump should not snap the ties just for the sake of "winning".

He highlighted the number of jobs for both the nations created due to the NAFTA.

Trudeau even said that if NAFTA is a bad idea then there is no good idea either.

".......let us not step back from the progress our countries have made with extraordinary effort since the post-war years. Let's not raise fresh barriers between our peoples" the PM was quoted by CBC News.

"That would harm the very folks who need our help most. The nexus point for this all is NAFTA" he added.

Days ago, reminding Donald Trump about a possible consequence, Trudeau at the University of Chicago, has said the fall of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will hurt the middle class of the United States, media reports said.

Trudeau said the US will be an economic sufferer if it pulls out of the pact.

The PM was quoted by CTV News as saying: "Even if theoretically there is a better opportunity for a long-term deal, in the short-term that's a lot of families out of work (and) suffering in a way that I think would be far worse politically."

"The challenge we have is not trade deal versus no trade deal. It's how do we make sure we're benefiting citizens and workers who don't feel like they've been properly supported or cared for over the past years" he added.

The sixth round of North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has ended in Montreal on Monday with a little "progress".

Trudeau has even said: "We know we can work towards a good deal, but we also know that we will not be pushed into accepting any old deal."

"No deal might very well be better for Canada than a bad deal. And being firm on that is, I think, what Canadians expect of me" he added.

NAFTA is an agreement which came into force from January 1994 by Canada, Mexico and United States creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

For more than two years, US President Trump criticised the agreement and also hinted to take some serious steps being in the administration or at least send some ultimatums.

Trump reportedly wants the treaty to be more fair.

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Canada PM Trudeau urges US not to snap NAFTA ties just for 'winning'

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