Canadian Economy Could Suffer If NAFTA Negotiations Drag on, Ambassador Says
Mon Mar 06 2017
Nikki Bailey (1044 articles)

Canadian Economy Could Suffer If NAFTA Negotiations Drag on, Ambassador Says

Stephen Schwarzman, the head of a business advisory council to President Donald Trump, once said Canada has a “very special status” with the U.S. But this may not be enough to shield the country from potential financial fallout if the two countries don’t agree on an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Efforts to renegotiate NAFTA between the U.S. and Canada have stalled in the 45 days, Bloomberg reports, leaving investors on both sides of the border in a similar state of limbo. While Trump’s NAFTA negotiations also target Mexico, the president said earlier this month that Canada is in a “much less severe situation than what’s taken place on the southern border.”

“People are sitting on their wallets and they’re not investing as much as they would if there was more certainty,” Canadian diplomat David MacNaughton told Bloomberg on Monday. “The reality is that uncertainty will hurt Canada and the United States, so we need to work together to remove that.”

McNaughton’s comments come after Schwarzman assured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet back in January that America’s Northern neighbor is unlikely to be heavily impacted by changes in NAFTA, according to Reuters.

Nikki Bailey

Nikki Bailey

Nikki Bailey reports on US Stocks. She covers also economy and related aspects. She has been tracking US Stock markets for several years now. She is based in New York

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