September 1, 2018
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce reacts to announcement that NAFTA negotiations will continue
Statement by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, regarding the announcement that NAFTA negotiations will continue:
The Chamber welcomes news that the parties remain at the negotiating table. Achieving a trilateral agreement remains a priority for the Canadian business community and we are encouraged that the parties appear to be committed to continuing negotiations.
The Chamber is hopeful that the extension signals continued forward momentum and a focus on reaching an agreement that will continue to support the highly integrated North American supply chains of Canadian companies.
We look forward to learning more about the government’s approach on key outstanding issues, some of which are complex and will have implications for Canadian business. We encourage the government to engage with businesses as they develop pragmatic proposals to advance the talks. The Chamber stands ready to assist in any way that we can.
August 31, 2018
U.S. Chamber’s Donohue comments on NAFTA negotiations
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement regarding the NAFTA negotiations:
“We’re pleased that the negotiations to modernize NAFTA will continue with the goal of reaching a deal with both Canada and Mexico, our two largest export markets.
“NAFTA’s many strengths rest on the fact that it ties together three economically vibrant nations, drawing upon each of our strengths to boost the competitiveness of the whole. If you break off one member of this agreement, you break it all, and that would be bad news for U.S. businesses, for American jobs, and for economic growth.
“Anything other than a trilateral agreement won’t win Congressional approval and would lose business support. We appreciate the hard work of the negotiators from all three countries, and urge them to stay at the table and remain focused on concluding a deal that includes the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.”