#CBC: “After delivering veiled takedown of U.S. protectionism, Freeland says NAFTA talks to proceed by means of summer season ” #Toronto #Montreal #Calgary #Ottawa #Canada

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Even with tensions simmering between the U.S. and Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned in the present day the 2 international locations will proceed to barter NAFTA by means of the summer season.

Freeland capped off a quick journey to Washington with a gathering with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this morning. She mentioned the 2 agreed to proceed NAFTA negotiations with Mexico this summer season, regardless of a looming election in that nation, however did not set any dates.

The morning assembly got here after Freeland ​delivered a serious overseas coverage speech after receiving Foreign Policy journal’s Diplomat of the Year award.

The speech provided a strongly-worded defence of the worldwide rules-based system that the U.S. helped create after the Second World War, and held on to through the Cold War.

“We all know we will be strongest with America in our ranks — and indeed in the lead,” she informed the gang of diplomats and teachers. “But whatever this great country’s choice will turn out to be, let me be clear that Canada knows where it stands.”

The Trudeau authorities has overtly mentioned the Canada-U.S. relationship reached a turning level when U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian metal and aluminum, citing nationwide safety causes as justification. Trump and two of his high advisers additionally launched an unprecedented volley of insults in opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for attacking the tariffs on the weekend G7 summit in Quebec.

Freeland tried to rebut reporters who requested if her speech was aimed toward Trump — and whether or not Canada feared additional repercussions from the Trump White House due to it.

“Why I said the things I said yesterday was liberal democracy is under assault right now and authoritarianism is on the march,” Freeland informed reporters the morning after her speech.

Pointing to her favorite line in William Butler Yeats’s 1920 poem The Second Coming — ‘The greatest lack all conviction, whereas the worst; Are stuffed with passionate depth’ — Freeland mentioned it is time to face up.

“I believe very strongly that it is important for those of us who believe in liberal democracy — and I think that includes the overwhelming majority of Canadians — for us to strike back,” she mentioned.

​The Canadian minister mentioned she gave a model of her speech to Lighthizer. 

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