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Optimism from Trudeau, following word of potential NAFTA breakthrough

Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm PDT

FILE - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters on his way into caucus on March 21, 2018 (Screengrab: Video by Cormac MacSweeney)
Summary

'There is a good deal eminently possible for Canada, for the US, and for Mexican citizens and workers,' says Trudeau

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is feeling optimistic after reports of a big break in talks aimed at re-negotiating NAFTA.

With pressure building for a deal sooner than later, the Globe and Mail reports the US has decided to drop one of the big sticking points at the negotiating table. Sources tell the newspaper the Trump administration will no longer pursue its proposal for American content requirements for auto parts.

Today, Trudeau was asked about the developments. He says he’s optimistic.

“We know there is a good deal eminently possible for Canada, for the US, and for Mexican citizens and workers. That’s what we’re working on.”

“We continue to be optimistic about our capacity to get to a good win-win-win. We’re very aware of the time pressures,” says Trudeau.

The US is trying to get a deal done this spring, ahead of the US mid-terms and the Mexican election.

These developments are now setting high expectations for the next round of talks taking place in Washington early next month.