Canada manufacturers put U.S. ahead of Mexico if Trump ends NAFTA

11/17/16 Reuters

TrudeauCanadian manufacturers want their access to the U.S. market protected at all costs if Canada renegotiates the NAFTA trade deal with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, even if that means losing the trilateral partnership with Mexico.

Amid fears a Trump administration will tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters group is lobbying Canada’s Liberal government to prioritize the U.S.-Canada trade relationship, saying a bilateral side deal with Mexico could be worked out separately.

“We spoke to our members, and based on trade stats alone, the priority has to be the U.S. market,” said Mathew Wilson, senior vice president at the CME, which represents some 10,000 manufacturers.

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