Trump's proposed NAFTA revamp could directly affect Canadian consumers — BUSINESS REPORT

Posted March 31, 2017

The draft, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, talks of seeking "to improve procedures to resolve disputes", rather than eliminating the panels. But it appears to keep much of the existing agreement in place, including private tribunals that allow companies to challenge national laws on the grounds that they inhibit trade - a provision that critics say allows companies to get around environmental and labour laws.

According to the CEPR, Mexican poverty has risen since the deal's implementation in 1994 as economic growth and real wages stagnated while almost five million family farmers were displaced, propelling Mexico's poor toward migration to the United States - crucial drivers of social instability and unrest.

It's sent a draft list of priorities for the renegotiation to the U.S. Congress.

The potential move by Mexico, the world's biggest buyer of US corn, to open access for Brazil and Argentina is seen as a shot at American imports.

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The report comes as Mexican officials continue to consider measures if the Trump administration makes good on threats to impose 20 percent tariffs on Mexican products, launching a trade war that could have devastating repercussions on both countries. Sherrod Brown. "President Trump made big promises to working people in OH, and I'm ready to work with him to deliver on those promises or hold him accountable if he doesn't". It also mentions public procurement as Trump promotes his "Buy American" policy for infrastructure. He's blamed Mexico and China for stealing Robert Lighthizer, who Trump has tapped as top Trade Representative, is awaiting Senate confirmation.

"That is not a statement of administration policy", Spicer told reporters.

At first glance, the administration's plan looks like more than just a tweak to NAFTA, but will not come close to blowing up the system (as it sometimes sounded like during the campaign).

Vaughn calls NAFTA "clearly outdated" and in need of an upgrade. It notes that Canada and Mexico are "among the largest export markets for [U.S.] manufacturing".