Liberals won't compromise on culture, dispute resolution in NAFTA talks
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not sign onto a North American Free Trade Agreement that does not include a dispute resolution mechanism and exemptions for cultural industries.
Trudeau says the dispute resolution mechanism in Chapter 19 ensures trade rules are followed.
Speaking in Vancouver, the prime minister also says his government won't sign an updated free trade accord with the United States and Mexico if the deal didn't continue exemptions for
Canada's cultural industries, which aims to protect Canada's publishing and broadcast industries.
Giving up the exemptions would be tantamount to giving up Canadian sovereignty and identity, Trudeau says.
Canadian negotiators are set to return to the bargaining table Wednesday with an unpredictable U.S. president ready to strike on Twitter and fresh deadlines looming to land a trade deal and keep Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canada and the U.S. need to present a text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico last week, trade analysts say.