(Catharine Tunney – CBC News)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanism as necessary in a world where the president of the United States “doesn’t always follow the rules.”
Chapter 19 is a known sticking point between Canada and the United States in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement; the two negotiating teams returned to the table Wednesday. The chapter allows companies that feel their products have been unfairly hit by anti-dumping or countervailing duties to request arbitration.
“One of the things that is clear is that we have red lines that Canadians simply will not accept. We need to keep the Chapter 19 dispute resolution because that ensures that the rules are actually followed and we know we have a president who doesn’t always follow the rules as they’re laid out,”Trudeau said in a radio interview with CHED in Edmonton Wednesday morning. Click here to read more.
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