NAFTA talks were hurting Canadian exporters even before trade dispute: poll
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland meets for a trilateral meeting with Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, left, and Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, during the final day of the third round of NAFTA negotiations at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa on September 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 13, 2018 6:10AM EDT
OTTAWA - A growing number of Canadian exporters were saying the NAFTA talks were having a negative impact on their operations even before the trade dispute with the United States escalated in recent weeks.
A survey done for Export Development Canada found 28 per cent of the 1,000 exporters asked said the NAFTA talks had a negative impact on their Canadian operations.
That was up from 23 per cent in an earlier survey.
However, the bi-annual survey found overall trade confidence increased to 76.5 per cent from 73.5 per cent in the previous questionnaire.
The survey was done from April 18 to May 11, before the United States ended an exemption for Canada on the global steel and aluminium tariffs it had put in place in March.
Since the tariffs went into place on Canadian metal exports at the end of May, Canada has imposed retaliatory tariffs on steel and aluminium coming from the U.S. as well as a wide range of consumer goods, while the U.S. has threatened additional tariffs on the auto sector.