Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will meet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Tuesday for another round of talks to renew the NAFTA trade pact, an official said on Monday, as time runs short to seal a deal.
A Canadian source with knowledge of the NAFTA discussions said an agreement is within reach - but they stressed that getting there will require flexibility from all sides.
He told reporters in Winnipeg on Tuesday, "We are better off having no NAFTA than a bad deal for Canada".
Also unresolved are protections to Canada's cultural sector and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.
"We've taken those hits for team Canada, and we are determined that there be no further concessions on dairy", said David Wiens, vice president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Yet, he stressed that "if we sign the deal it'll be. for Canada and Canadians".
Trudeau replied, "Sorry to disappoint, but we continue to work hard and we are positively optimistic that we can get a win-win-win for all three countries".
"We have been very clear on that, that there can not be more access given", Wiens said in a telephone interview. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.
Canadian officials have said they are working on the assumption that they have until the end of September to make a deal. "That I know for sure, right from the horse's mouth".
She has declined to discuss specifics about the talks, noting she and Lighthizer have agreed to refrain from negotiating in public.
A spokesman for Freeland said on Monday that no decisions on whether she would return to Washington later this week had been made. Eares are on the ground for U.S. and China developments but at the fore again was the NAFTA negotiations.
"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars".
Talks were expected to resume this week between the two.
A late day comment from Pres. Trump boosted the precious metal and the Canadian dollar where he said "Trade talks going well".
"I think we understand there are certain issues on which we will need to compromise", one of the sources said when asked about increased dairy access for the USA industry.
Craft, a fixture at the NAFTA talks last week, was in Gander, N.L., to commemorate the role that town played on the day 17 years ago when the United States shut down its airspace, forcing countless passenger airliners to find refuge wherever they could.
"Sure, it's business and it's important, but Gander is the place that - in a snapshot - illustrates the Canada-U.S. relationship".
Ottawa and Washington are hoping to strike an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month's end and would see Canada join a preliminary trade deal the Trump administration reached last month with Mexico.
Wiens declined to say what action the organization would take if an updated NAFTA deal gave the USA a greater chunk of the Canadian market, but did not rule out campaigning against ratification of the agreement, or the Liberal government.