Freeland to head back to Washington for high-level NAFTA negotiations
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland participates in an armchair discussion with journalist Masha Gessen, moderated by Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books & Music, at the Women in the World Summit in Toronto, Monday, September 10, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:06AM EDT
OTTAWA - Canada's foreign affairs minister will be back in Washington for one more day of trade talks as the bid to save the North American Free Trade Agreement navigates the duelling schedules of its principal actors -- as well as the weather.
Chrystia Freeland will return to the NAFTA table this morning before attending Liberal caucus meetings in Saskatoon that begin later today and run through Thursday.
Her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, spent Monday in Brussels for trade discussions with the European Union -- preliminary talks that are scheduled to resume later this fall.
There's another wild card in Washington: hurricane Florence, a monster Category 4 storm that's bearing down on the U.S. east coast and is sure to make its presence felt in the national capital area later in the week.
Freeland and Lighthizer left the bargaining table Friday without a deal following two weeks of what she has described as intense but productive negotiations.
Ottawa and Washington are trying to reach an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month's end. A deal would see Canada join a preliminary trade agreement the Trump administration struck last month with Mexico.