Cabinet ministers in US drumming up support for NAFTA

Three federal cabinet ministers are in the United States trying to shore up support for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

They were dispatched ahead of the next round of NAFTA talks later this month in Montreal.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale have been meeting with American political and business leaders to promote NAFTA's benefits.

During a visit to Kentucky Goodale pointed out that thousands of good jobs in the state depend on cross-border trade and investment.

McKenna has been delivering a similar message in California.

But the stakes appear highest for MacAulay, who on Sunday will become the first Canadian cabinet minister to deliver a keynote address at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville.

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to pull the U-S out of NAFTA, will also speak at the convention in the days following MacAulay's address.