tv Canadian Foreign Minister on NAFTA Negotiations CSPAN September 1, 2018 1:21am-1:42am EDT
the musical. then monday, the presidential site summit. watch american history tv this labor day weekend on c-span3. friday, canada's foreign minister spoke with reporters about the state of nafta's negotiations between the u.s., canada, and mexico. this was at the canadian and the see in washington, d.c. it's 20 minutes. >> ok, thank you all for coming. i'm glad to see you all not sweltering in the heat. i'll make a few remarks and then i'm happy to take questions. [speaking french]
so, we're continuing to work very hard and we are making progress. we're not there yet. this is a very complex agreement and we are going to continue working at it. as we've said from the outset, our objective in these talks is to update and modernize nafta in a way that good for canadians, good for americans, and good for mexicans. win-win that a win- agreement is in reach, and that's what we're working towards. with flex ability on all sides, i know we can get there. but as i know canadians have heard me say, my job is to ensure that this agreement works for canadian workers, canadian families, and canadian business. the government of canada will
not sign an agreement unless it's good for canada and good for canadians. and before answering your questions, i like to thank ambassador lighthizer and his team. they have worked hard, and in good faith with us for more than a year, including some very intense days this week. we've made good progress, but there's still work to be done. >> please identify yourself and we would to questions from the line here. one question, no follow-ups. if you want to follow up, get back in line. >> i wanted to ask you -- >> i recognize you, josh. >> i want to ask you what your message is to the u.s. congress now, whether canada believes president trump what have the authority to proceed with a bilateral only deal, or whether he would need canada to proceed. >> you know, when it comes to the u.s. legislative process,
that's really a question for the americans and our american counterparts to answer and sort of -- sort out. >> [inaudible] >> that's a question for the americans, and that's their issue. well?you recognize me, as >> i do. >> good. we keep hearing the chapter 19 and derry are the two main sticking points. which of those two are not negotiable, and are there any other sticking points you can tell us about? >> as i said to the hearty reporters who were camped out earlier this week, ambassador like kaiser and i agreed that -- ambassador like kaiser and i agreed, given the intensity of the negotiations, we wouldn't be negotiating in public. so i'm not going to talk about specific issues. >> [inaudible]
president trump had said that today was the deadline for nafta negotiations. are there any real deadlines to make sure there is an active deal and if so, what is that deadline? >> for canada, the focus is on getting a good deal. once we have a good deal for canada, we'll be done. >> hi minister. donald trump confirmed that he made some comments off the record suggesting that the u.s. would not compromise when it came to negotiating with canada. i know that you're not going to get into details, but have you seen any movement from the americans that would suggest that donald trump's characterization of the american negotiating tactics, that characterization is not accurate? >> as i said, this week from the beginning of the negotiations, and esther like kaiser and his team have been negotiating in
good faith and with goodwill. this is a process that began more than a year ago and we've done, we've made some progress. we've done some work together. here, so i can't collect to mention the car sector and rules of origin. was ar starting point place where canada and the u.s. were quite far apart in their proposal. but what we found, as the negotiation went on, is that canada and the united states share a concern for our workers in the car sector, our highways workers who have felt they could be disadvantaged by trade agreements. and one of the things i think we are accomplishing in this forement is a better deal canadian and u.s. workers in the auto sector. that's important and that's a
success due to canada and the united states working together, and due to mexico showing flexibility over the summer. >> you mentioned the auto sector. how difficult is the pharmaceutical sector and the provisions that would cause canadian drug crisis to rise? is that a key sticking point? >> again, i've said we are not going to negotiate in public. when it comes to the plate -- canadian position on issues, i think our positions are pretty clear and pretty well known. hi, adrian. >> how can you possibly negotiate with a guy like donald trump, who says he's not going to give any ground? how can he give you an ultimatum like that? >> my negotiating party is ambassador lighthizer, and he has brought good faith and goodwill to the table. as i've also said, it is going to take flexibility on all sides to get to a deal in the end.
american counterparts? questionsise any about the sincerity of the american negotiating position. your message to canadians who wonder if this is a negotiation or if we are being strong-armed into a specific bargaining point? >> let me be clear again. it is important. reiteratingce of this is underlined by your question. canada will only sign a deal which is a good deal for canada. we are very clear about that. thatrime minister has said on a number of occasions, including this week. we want a good deal, not just any deal. a good deal is one that is good for canada and canadians, reflects the canadian national interests and which canadian venables -- values are confirmed. we are clear about that.
say, i have now been working with the ambassador and his team for more than a year. we have had some very intense periods of working together. team aresador and his very experienced professionals. goodabsolutely do bring faith and will to the negotiating table. now week, we have understood each other's positions. very well and very clearly. we are working hard to find those win-win compromises that we will need. i will take the next question. >> good afternoon. i'm from mexico. did you -- you said that you were encouraged by the progress
of the six weeks. and that that would help your negotiation. can you elaborate a little bit. what is present now that was not president of -- present before? thank you. >> that's a really good question. said, for people who have been following this negotiation over the whole year, you will remember the many days we spent focusing on rules of origin in the car sector. fiendishly complex issue. isis the issue which really
at the heart of the nafta negotiation. in the heart of the nafta relationship, the is at the integrated north american car sector. year,e spent more than a all three countries have focused a lot of attention on the rules of origin. i want to take an opportunity to think the canadian negotiating team. rules of origin are really complicated. the landingachieve zone which we found, some big were required to be made by mexico in particular. progress,e important wasmost important progress in the rules of origin in the car sector. achieving a deal which requires a lot of flexibility for mexico.
thank you for that. it has now put us in a place where we can move on to concluding, can move on to the other issues. the rules of origin agreement that was achieved has particular value for my government because has always been middle-class canadians and people working hard to join the middle class. we understand the pressures on working canadians in the 21st century economy. that working canadians have sometimes felt the trade agreements of hurt them and their interests. what is significant about the rules of origin agreement is it will be good for canadian workers and for american workers. that is an essential part of this modernization. >> time for tumor questions. >> thank you.
ryu surprised by the scope of the agreement that was signed with mexico and the u.s.? what is your feeling on intellectual property accompaniment? does it have to be expended? >> i am not going to negotiate in public. say, thell negotiations with canada are not complete. negotiate with the united states. that is why we are coming back next wednesday. we will continue talking until we reach a good deal. you've said that canada will only accept a good deal. you wouldn't imagine that canada would be looking for a not good deal. >> i can't imagine that. deal thatnsider any doesn't include a continuation of the dairy supply management system?
i used to be a reporter and i understand the extreme frustration everyone here is feeling. to belly hurts me imposing that frustration on all the hard-working reporters here. let me reiterate. the canadian national interest and canadian values are at the core of our negotiating approach. the core canadian positions are well-known by everyone and certainly by our negotiating partners. are insaid that, as we this intense. convinced time, i am that the best way to get a good
deal was not to be negotiating in public. i'm going to stay true to that agreement. >> thank you. i wanted to asked about the steel and aluminum tariffs. located a accept a deal that does not include listing those tariffs? would you accept some kind of quota arrangement? the steel and aluminum tariffs, canada has said from the very outset of the considerations that this is an issue entirely separate from nafta. that is not an opinion. that is a matter of fact. 232 is a national security consideration. it is not one of the nafta negotiating chapters. we very muchhat, are opposed to these tariffs.
they are unjustified and they are illegal. the notion that somehow canadian steel or aluminum could pose a national security threat to the united states is absurd. we are very clear about that. >> thank you very much. i will imagine that i will be seeing a lot of you next wednesday. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies.
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