NAFTA is back in the news thanks to recent remarks from President Donald Trump. Canada's ethnic media's reporting suggests caution should be taken; words like "risky" and "skeptically" run in headlines.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knows the current phase of NAFTA talks is risky
Italian source CFMB AM 1280 Italian Morning reports:
Translated description: There is a risk for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in relying on a Republican-controlled Congress to block any North American trade deal that does not include Canada. Canadian media said that there is risk for Trudeau in counting on a Republican-controlled Congress. Despite their early words on the U.S.-Mexico deal, congressional Republicans do not have a long history of standing up to a president who is overwhelmingly popular with party voters. Trudeau said Canada will not sign onto a deal that does not include a dispute resolution mechanism and exemptions for cultural industries, two positions that were among the pillars of the original 1988 Canada-U.S. free trade deal. (05/09/2018)
Canada skeptically returns to the NAFTA negotiating table
Spanish source from Vancouver, Contacto Directo, reports:
Translated Summary: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in the US capital in an attempt to prevent Ottawa from being kept out of the trade agreement announced by US President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto. (31/08/2018).
Toronto's Caribbean source G 98.7 FM Mark & Jem in the Morning reports:
Summary: Negotiators now have until October 1 to come up with a new NAFTA deal. Canada and the US need to present a text to US Congress by October 1. A failure of the negotiations could simply lead to a return to pre-NAFTA tariff levels or to significantly higher tariffs threatened by President Donald Trump in several sectors. (05/09/2018)
Canada's multilingual and multicultural communities turn to media in their mother tongues to learn about Canada's international diplomacy. As NAFTA continues to be a source of tension, listening to diverse opinions and reporting on the issue will ensure leaders are prepared to make the best decisions they can.