June 23rd, 2018

Ontario’s Doug Ford to make case for NAFTA deal to U.S. counterparts

By The Canadian Press on June 14, 2018.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, right, sits for a meeting with Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford in Toronto, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – Doug Ford says he will help the federal government stress the importance of trade with Canada by meeting face-to-face with U.S. governors as complex NAFTA talks continue.

Ontario’s newly elected premier-designate met today with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canada’s ambassador to the United States for a briefing on the negotiations.

After their nearly hour-long discussion, Ford vowed to help federal efforts by travelling to the U.S. to discuss trade with U.S. politicians.

Ford, whose Progressive Conservatives won a majority last week, will be continuing work begun by outgoing Premier Kathleen Wynne, who spent months meeting with American governors stressing the importance of reaching a new NAFTA agreement.

Freeland says the trade discussions are a non-partisan issue and praised Ford and all of Canada’s premiers for presenting a united front to the U.S.

Earlier this week, Ford met with auto and steel industry representatives impacted by the trade talks and said recent American tariffs on aluminium and steel would hurt jobs on both sides of the border.

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