Doug Ford is going to Washington for NAFTA briefing this week

Sep 18 2018, 9:15 pm

As NAFTA negotiations continue in the US, Ontario Premier Doug Ford will be travelling to Washington DC for a briefing.

According to the provincial government, Ford and Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, are Washington bound on Wednesday, September 19 to meet with federal officials.

While there, the premier and minister will meet with members of the Canadian negotiating team for a formal briefing regarding the ongoing NAFTA talks.

“Our government is committed to protecting the countless jobs that depend on a successful resolution to these talks,” said Ford in a statement. “We will continue to do our part to protect Ontario workers in the automotive, steel and agricultural sectors, and we expect our federal counterparts to do the same.”

Ford and Wilson are scheduled to meet with the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, along with other members of the Canadian negotiating team.

“Since day one, we have done everything in our power to promote free trade, protect against tariffs and encourage the negotiation of a new NAFTA agreement,” said Wilson.

Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, has been in ongoing NAFTA talks for weeks with the US.

At a press conference recently, Freeland explained that both sides were “continuing to work very hard,” noting that the current negotiations were “very complex.”

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