Business Insider: U.S. to partially unveil key NAFTA proposal, talks seen dragging. U.S. trade negotiators will only partially unveil new text on modifying a key chapter on investment under NAFTA, two well-placed sources said on Sunday, underlying the slow pace of talks that are supposed to wrap up by the end of the year. The sources, with knowledge of the effort to modernize the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement, said the proposal would not elaborate on possible changes being weighed by the Trump administration in the Chapter 11 of NAFTA. Trade experts say the sluggish tempo of the talks mean it is doubtful whether Canada, Mexico and the United States — meeting in Ottawa for the third of seven planned rounds — can come to a deal on schedule. By Lesley Wroughton and David Ljunggren.
KTIC Radio: NAFTA talks move to Canada. As the third round of renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement start Saturday in Ottawa, Canada, it’s unclear how much trade negotiators have delved into the battle over Canada’s supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs. Canadian officials appear focused on issues such as labor mobility within the three countries, which appears to be a non-starter with U.S. negotiators. Meanwhile, the White House on Friday sent out a column by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about how rules of origin are used to build automobiles. Ross stated without changes to the way auto parts are factored, then “negotiations will fail to meaningfully shift the trade imbalance.” Reports from Canada state the U.S. has not offered any draft proposals when it comes to agriculture, so far. Still, when it comes to issues of market access and agriculture, Canada’s supply management strategy used for its 11,600 or so dairy farms is the major topic on the table.
Sputnik: Amid NAFTA talks, US to announce key proposals, protract on auto. As the process of NAFTA renegotiation continues into its third round in the Canadian capital Ottawa, US representatives are planning to announce part of their key proposals on trade, aimed at eliminating the existing imbalances. The US negotiators, however, will delay unveiling their proposals regarding the most important issue for US manufacturers, namely, regulations on trade in automobiles. The three sides are supposed to reach an agreement on the updated NAFTA by year-end; however, the chances that they will are decreasing, sources say, as Canada and Mexico are unwilling to renounce their privileged access to the lucrative US market. However, US negotiators are hoping to offer their lesser partners a good deal, which would put the US in a less disadvantageous position, while maintaining a relative freedom of trade that Canada and Mexico may capitalize on.
Washington Post: No Canada: Chelsea Manning turned away by America’s northern neighbor. Former U.S. Army Intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said Monday she was denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record, including violations of the U.S. Espionage Act. Taking to Twitter, Manning posted a photo of a partially-redacted Canadian report that said she was “inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality.” The report said that if she had been convicted in Canada, her crimes “would constitute an offense under an Act of Parliament punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years.”
New York Post: Chelsea Manning denied entry to Canada. Chelsea Manning was turned back at the Canadian-U.S. border because she was convicted of espionage for passing information to Wikileaks, the former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Monday. Manning told Reuters via direct message on Twitter that she drove up to the Canadian border in Lacolle, Quebec, on Thursday evening, planning to vacation in Montreal and Vancouver. She said she was stopped at the border and detained overnight before being handed a report stating she was inadmissible “on grounds of serious criminality,” according to a picture of the report she posted online.
Bloomberg: Striking GM Canada autoworkers struggle with NAFTA realities. It’s 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) and striking workers at a General Motors Co. plant in Ingersoll, Ontario cluster around a barrel of burning wood. The fire is a nod to labor tradition, despite the September heat, as the union digs in for the first strike at a Canadian auto assembly plant since 1996. A lot has changed for Canada’s autoworkers since 1996. The North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1994, bringing low-cost competitor Mexico into the flow of tariff-free auto trade on the continent. Canada lost more than 53,000 automotive jobs from 2001 to 2014 before employment rebounded slightly, according to the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University.
Russia Today: EU trade pact with Canada comes into force amid GMO concerns. The European Union has hailed the enactment of a major trade agreement with Canada. Greenpeace has warned the deal can hurt European food standards. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally comes into force Thursday. Some aspects like investment protection will not be active until all EU member parliaments endorse them. The deal boasts of saving EU businesses €590 million a year the amount they pay in tariffs on goods exported to Canada. CETA removes duties on 98 percent of products the EU bloc trades with Canada. According to Greenpeace, the CETA trade deal puts EU food and agriculture standards at risk. Nevena Alexandrova, Agricultural Officer at the UN FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, told RT the agreement doesn’t bring in many new GMO crops to Europe as they have already been allowed.
Hollywood Reporter: Oscars: Canada Selects ‘Hochelaga, Land of Souls’ for Foreign-Language Category. Canada has chosen director Francois Girard’s Hochelaga, Land of Souls as its contender for consideration in the best foreign-language film Oscar category. The Canadian French-language drama, which stars Samian, Vincent Perez and Raoul Trujillo, portrays Canadian history through the finds at a fictional Montreal archaeological dig. Girard, one of Canada’s most accomplished filmmakers, has tackled histories and epic narratives before in Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin and Silk. Canada’s national Oscar selection committee, led by Telefilm Canada, unveiled its pick Monday at a press conference in Montreal.
Korrespondent, Ukraine: Canada is not ready for a dialogue on visa-free travels for Ukrainians. The Canadian authorities are not ready for an active dialogue on the introduction of a visa-free regime with Ukraine and the beginning of negotiations on a road map for such an agreement. This was reported by Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a briefing in Kiev. According to Tsintsadze, the issue of introducing a visa-free regime with Canada is not unpromising, but it will take several years. Last week in Toronto, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Shabiba – Oman: Oman seeks trade with Canada. With the intent of seeking trade and investment cooperation, Oman’s investment and export development agency (Ithraa) received a high-profile Canadian trade mission lead by His Excellency Dennis Horak, the Ambassador of Canada to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. At the meeting, the investment climate in Oman and the incentives put forth for foreign participants were presented and explained, and FDI-seeking infrastructure projects, economic projects, and priority sectors were highlighted. Ways to strengthen Omani exports to Canadian markets in specific and North American markets, in general, were also discussed. The meeting was chaired by the Vice President of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the participation of the General Director of Exports Development, as well as public and private member representatives of Ithra. The Canadian mission included Mr. Mohammad Ali, Senior Trade Commissioner, and Mrs. Maya El-Khoury, Trade Commissioner of Mining, Oil and Gas; both at the Canadian embassy in Saudi Arabia, along with a host of CEOs of major Canadian corporations and senior representatives of Canadian capital markets and commercial banks.