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Former federal Canadian trade official Matthew Kronby said the reported American demands indicate to him that the White House doesn't really want to strike a deal with Canada.

"Having said all of that, nothing is done until everything is done" - and that says it all really, but US officials have said time is running out to agree on a text that can be signed by American, Canadian and Mexican leaders by November 30, before the current Mexican government leaves office.

As foreboding skies belied national worry over a new threat, a monstrous hurricane menacing the US east coast, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland cited the memory of 9/11 as evidence of deep and friendly ties that have long bound the two countries together.

A couple of weeks ago the White House announced a new NAFTA deal between the USA and Mexico, which they sent up to Congress for possible consideration.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during an interview Tuesday with a Winnipeg radio station, CJOB, that there are certain positions Canada has and remain firm on.

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, returned to Washington on Tuesday for talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

It's unclear how long the talks are scheduled for this week. "People are kind of sitting on the sidelines thinking, 'How will this affect us in the future?' If we were to lose the auto industry here that would put us into some type of recession", Chiodo said, noting that the auto trade has "always been pretty fair" for both the USA and Canada.

US President Donald Trump also said the talks, which both countries intensified in recent weeks, were coming along well.

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Canada's dairy farmers believe they've already given enough to foreign producers in previous trade deals and aren't interested in ceding any more ground.

"Without Chapter 19, NAFTA is utterly useless as it would subject Canada and Mexico to the vagaries of the US political system and its courts when determining trade policy actions", said Derek Holt, vice-president at Scotiabank Economics, in a note recently.

In Michigan, 259,000 jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada, the study said.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is right in that no deal - and waiting for more reason in future - is better than permanently signing onto a feature that guts NAFTA", Holt said.

In reaching a new NAFTA, Canada is protecting its interests but also "looking to be flexible because it's time to update this deal after 25 years", he said.

Canada's Chrystia Freeland said of the negotiations that: "It's going to take flexibility on all sides".

With the Mexico deal in hand, and Trudeau publicly indicating that Canada's red-line issues are Chapter-19 and cultural industries, the Americans have considerable leverage, he added. "They're really hammering this out", said Orr, who is now senior worldwide trade adviser for a Washington law firm. "We continue to work hard and we are positively optimistic that we can get to a win-win-win for all three countries".

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