Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington


OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will return to Washington on Tuesday to resume negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Freeland and her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left the bargaining table Friday without a deal.

The two sides have so far been unable to resolve key differences over U.S. access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.

Negotiators have chipped away in pursuit of NAFTA 2.0, but the top players took a breather Monday.

Freeland appeared at a women’s summit Monday in Toronto, while Lighthizer was overseas to meet with the European Union trade commissioner.

The trip to Washington is expected to be short as Freeland is scheduled to be at a caucus retreat Wednesday.

Ottawa and Washington are hoping to strike an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month’s end and would see Canada join a preliminary trade deal the Trump administration reached last month with Mexico.

The Canadian Press