Trudeau still bullish on NAFTA, but admits Canada is 'ready for anything'
For the first time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is acknowledging that the North American Free Trade Agreement could be in trouble.
Trudeau is wrapping up his visit to Washington by saying that while he continues to believe in NAFTA, the federal Liberal government is ``ready for anything.''
During his visit to the White House on Wednesday, October 11th, Trudeau listened intently as U.S. President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of a free trade deal directly with Canada, should ongoing NAFTA talks collapse.
But the U.S. president also says it's too early to give up on the talks, which resumed today in Alexandria, Va., with negotiators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
Trudeau says Canada remains focused on the NAFTA talks ``in a serious way,'' and convinced that all three parties to the deal could come out of the negotiations as a winner.
But he also says that circumstances are often challenging, and that Canada is ready for anything, even as it continues to work to protect and foster Canadian jobs and economic growth.