OTTAWA – The Minister of Finance Bill Morneau says his hope that the free trade agreement again & # 39; American & # 39; On signing before the end of next week – and suggests that Canada can & # 39; sign even with charges & # 39; US force.
Morneau made the remark Thursday at & # 39; speech as it was talking about the concern that has been listening & # 39; from the business community on trade.
"Of course, that situation has improved when we signed the new NAFTA – or when it will sign an new NAFTA, I hope that next week" Morneau told the audience referring to the new Agreement states and Mexico, Canada or USMCA. .
The countries reached an agreement in principle on the trade pact, which, if ratified, replaces the Agreement & # 39; & # 39 Free Trade; North America & # 39; America. They want the agreement signed before 1 & # 39; in December, when a new president takes office in Mexico.
After his speech to the Canada Economic Club in & # 39; Ottawa, Morneau was asked whether the government should nevertheless consider signing the trade agreement new continent if the US holds the major taxes & # 39; import duties on aluminum and Canadian steel.
Morneau said that Canada is still negotiating in an effort to remove "unfair" charges & # 39; the United States – but insisted that it will be dealt with separately.
"Our approach was to ensure that we have a stable and confident sector of business to make investments means that we sign an the new NAFTA we arrived, which is a good deal for the future of our three economies". Morneau told reporters.
At the same time, he acknowledged that Canada should address the charges "a & # 39; challenge" of & # 39; steel and aluminum as well as ongoing dispute about how Canada conducts its softwood lumber industry.
"Those issues are ongoing and & # 39; is critical to work with & # 39; the Americans to decide," said Morneau. "I will not do one set of & # 39; negotiations contingent on the other side and, above all, we want stability & # 39; re NAFTA we were able to deliver for Canadians."
Morneau also said that the ongoing work behind the scenes to ensure that a legal document that defines the USMCA is exactly as agreed. He added that he has every reason to believe that work is moving b & # 39; good move.
The USMCA, agreed to after 13 months & # 39; negotiations, scheduled for what he said Canadian officials will be signing with & # 39; low when the three countries bring on next week for G20 -MEETINGS of & # 39; this year in & # 39; Bus Buenos Aires.
The trade tensions that emerged during the talks still fail, mainly because both Canada and Mexico to remain subject to the Trump management fees. Canada responded with & # 39; own taxes on imports from the United States.
Sources close to those ongoing discussions said that Canada and the United States still & # 39; away from reaching any kind & # 39; agreement, and expect US talks with Mexico to go down to wire before the end of next week.
The Liberal government has faced pressure from the opposition not to sign while the charges persist.
The speech & # 39; Morneau came days after issuing economic account & # 39; reduction was packed with billion dollar & # 39; tax incentives for corporate Canada.
The plan awaited a & # 39; Ottawa to help the country compete with & # 39; the United States for dollars & # 39; investment is b & # 39; response to fiscal and major US regulatory reforms that many in the business community warn overshadowing the end of Canada as a destination & # 39; investment.
The greater commitment among the tax changes & # 39; Morneau enables businesses to immediately write off the full cost of & # 39; some types & # 39; machinery and equipment, and allow companies & # 39; all sizes and in all sectors depend on increased share & # 39; new assets acquired.
Economy more b & # 39; robust gave Ottawa about $ 22 billion in & # 39; additional fiscal room over the coming years, compared to & # 39; what the federal forecasts projected in the budget & # 39; Last February, thanks to a combination of & # 39; higher revenues and lower costs.
But new initiatives that will use the entire space and also contribute to annual reductions slightly higher than expected, to start next year.
The new removal alone is expected to reduce federal income b & # 39; about $ 14 billion over the next seven & # 39; next decade.
The fiscal update does not contain a timetable to eliminate the Liberal deficits are now projected to be higher than $ 18 billion in & # 39; each of the next few years.
The government drew criticism almost & # 39; day of the Conservatives and some economists because it did not provide a timetable for balancing the budget, especially with & # 39; the economy was close to full strength.
There are warnings that the government can & # 39; facing a very difficult fiscal situation when it reaches the decline in the next economic downturn.
After the 2015 election, the Liberal government declared vows to run annual deficits & # 39; no more than $ 10 billion and balance the books by 2019. Instead, focused on reducing the ratio of net debt to GDP – also known as the debt burden – annually.
– b & # 39; James McCarten files in & # 39; Washington