May 18, 2017 4:15 pm

NAFTA renegotiation an opportunity to improve trade deal for Ontario: Wynne

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.


TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne says a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement is an opportunity to improve trade relations for Ontario.

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The United States officially served notice Thursday of its intention to renegotiate the agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before starting talks late this summer with Canada and Mexico.

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Wynne notes that Ontario is the main customer of 20 U.S. states and the second-largest of eight more.

She says nearly nine million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada.

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The premier says the government is working in Washington and in state capitals across the U.S. to address issues that could affect Ontario-U.S. trade and ensure the province’s interests are represented.

Wynne also says the province has retained legal experts and trade advisers to support ongoing efforts to improve trade with the U.S.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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