Italy threatens EU-Canada free trade deal

Italy threatens EU-Canada free trade deal

The survey involved more than 1,000 people in the US.

NAFTA, however, was the main topic of discussion for Freeland on Thursday during an hour-long meeting with US trade czar Robert Lighthizer.

Canada has vowed to retaliate against US tariffs on steel and aluminum with tariffs against a range of USA goods, a move supported by 79 percent of Canadians, according to the poll.

"We decided ... to continue our negotiations on NAFTA", Freeland said after meeting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington D.C.

Seventy percent of Canadians say they will start looking for ways to avoid buying U.S. -made goods in a threat to ratchet up a trade dispute between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump, an Ipsos Poll showed on Friday.

"I appreciate the president deferring his decision over withdrawing from NAFTA, which I think would have been the wrong decision", said Perdue.

Trump then sent Trudeau a series of explosive tweets, half way to the North Korean summit, calling the Prime Minister "meek and mild" and "very dishonest and weak".

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Trump was reacting to Trudeau's having called U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs insulting to Canada.

Vowing to stand with the federal Liberals, Ontario's Progressive Conservative premier-designate said he will travel widely in the United States in a bid to help bolster continuing and complex NAFTA talks.

"We will not ratify the free-trade treaty with Canada because it protects only a small part of our PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) products", Centinaio said in an interview with daily newspaper La Stampa.

A Mexican source familiar with the negotiating process said officials were working to set up a fresh ministerial meeting soon after the election in Mexico. But he noted its provisional implementation means the commercial benefits are already being realized and that there's no set timeline for European Union states to ratify. Canada is the largest market for USA goods.

For the last Italian government, that was enough.

Italy is anxious especially for its cheese industry, with many of Italian-type products made in Canada. He called it a "gold standard" deal because it offers protections for the environment and labour rights.

"I'm confident that we'll have full ratification in the end and the important thing is this agreement has entered into force as an economic matter", Freeland said.

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