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’More Work to be Done,’ But Morneau Reassures Business Leaders on NAFTA

(Alicja Siekierska – Financial Post)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau offered nervous business leaders reassurances about the state of NAFTA negotiations, saying he is “cautiously optimistic” a deal will be reached in the near future.

Morneau met with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and toured the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Windsor assembly plant on Monday as part of a series of meetings to discuss Canadian competitiveness.

While a range of topics were touched upon, ending the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA discussions appeared to be the key focus of the discussions between Morneau and several business leaders in Windsor, a city synonymous with and highly dependent on the success of the Canadian automotive industry.

“It’s not surprising that many business leaders that I spoke to this morning were advocates for moving as fast as we can with NAFTA,” Morneau told reporters after afternoon meetings at the Chamber. Click here to read more.