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Auto-Parts Rules to Comprise Key Canadian Pitch at Upcoming NAFTA Round

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Canada’s marquee proposal for this month’s high-stakes round of NAFTA negotiations will involve modernizing auto-parts rules, say sources familiar with the plans, which hinge on making progress on a long-standing irritant in order to propel the troubled talks forward.

”We have been doing some creative thinking,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday prior to the start of a Liberal cabinet retreat in London, Ont.

“We’ve been talking with Canadian stakeholders, and we have some ideas we’re looking forward to talking with our U.S. and Mexican counterparts about…. If there’s goodwill on all sides, we could have a great outcome in Montreal.”

That’s where talks are scheduled to resume Jan. 23, and where multiple sources inside and close to the Canadian government—speaking on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the matter—say autos will be a central component of that so-called creative thinking. Click here to read more.