Canada seeks intensive NAFTA talks, even as Trump wants to wait

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Canada on Friday hit back at the US with retaliatory tariffs on summertime essentials, including Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon, in its opening salvo in a trade war with US President Donald Trump. "We lean on each other and we stand strong and that's what we do from coast to coast to coast", Trudeau said.

Following his overwhelming majority win, Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he supports reaching a deal on renegotiating NAFTA with the United States and Canada.

"The economy is doing perhaps better than ever before, and that's prior to fixing some of the worst and most unfair Trade Deals ever made by any country", he tweeted.

He added that he would wait until after the fall elections.

But with Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the US and a leftist, anti-establishment Mexican president about to join the fray, there are some who believe any North American Free Trade Agreement talks may be in long-term limbo.

Trump has also called the North American Free Trade Agreement, the "worst trade deal in the history of the world".

He said tariffs on the auto industry would increase the cost of a USA -built vehicle for an American buyer by as much as $3,000. "[As] Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around".

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After Heinz shut down a factory in Ontario in 2014, French's - known in the USA for its mustard - became an alternative ketchup-maker in Canada.

"The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward", it said.

Later in the day in Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada's tariffs were created to offer a clear message that the Trump administration's trade action against Canada is "illegal and absurd" and that Canada is responding, dollar-for-dollar, in retaliation.

Trudeau has insisted the US president's complaints about Canada's trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump's demands to do away with the country's supply-management system, which is created to protect dairy, poultry and egg producers. "And escalating tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada". "I think NAFTA is dormant for the next six to 12 months".

"I'm glad that Justin Trudeau is standing up to him, because I feel like that's his modus operandi, he just tries to bully to get his way and we need to stand up for ourselves", she said.

Premier Sandy Silver and Mayor Wayne Potoroka were there as Larry Bagnell, Yukon's Member of Parliament, gave Trudeau a rousing introduction as "the first prime minister in decades who has been outside Ottawa on Canada day".

"I don't see how (Trudeau) is going to get this done", he said.

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