NAFTA: Early sticking points encountered on numerous issues
A source close to the talks in Mexico City says a recurring pattern involves one country raising a prized priority only to have other parties refuse to engage the conversation.
But the source added that he remains hopeful a deal can be reached this year, and that obstinacy is to be expected in initial bargaining.
He cited two examples where Canada is digging in its heels -- its request for greater access to professional visas, and its refusal to discus the supply-management system with an eye to loosening Canada's import controls on American dairy and poultry.
Other sources say Canada wants the U-S to sign a series of international labour agreements it has yet to approve, and wants changes to labour laws in Mexico that would increase the salaries of auto workers.
A schedule obtained by The Canadian Press shows the 12 negotiating tables meeting today include the groups responsible for working on auto-parts rules, government procurement and Buy American rules, and intellectual property.
Tim speaks with the candidate from the The People party ahead of the upcoming provincial election.
Tim speaks with the candidate from the Multicultural Party of Ontario ahead of the upcoming provincial election.