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Canada will not accept a bad deal in NAFTA renegotiation

Canada will not accept a bad deal in NAFTA renegotiation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a four-day swing through the United States today, targeting "blue" states and cities that may be sympathetic to his talk about trade and the environment.

His stops Thursday were created to showcase recruiting successes.

"Our economies have thrived over the past 25 years under NAFTA", he said.

Trudeau is also meeting with Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos as Bezos considers the location for its second headquarters.

Washington claimed it seeks to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow its economy by improving USA opportunities to trade with Canada and Mexico.

Chicago was Trudeau's first stop on his American tour, which will also take him to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Trump has threatened to withdraw from the 24-year-old pact. "It is a benefit for those companies that invest in Canada, because they get such a high calibre of talent".

"The conversations we're having about how you do things right - how you think about the positive impact, long-term, of the choices that we make - is core to the kinds of conversations we have to be having whether we're in government, or in business", Trudeau said.

Without NAFTA, "those (jobs) go away".

There are conversations taking place about privacy, how technological disruption affects traditional jobs and even trade deals, and Canada wants to be a part of those talks - much of which are happening in San Francisco, Sankar said.

"It's unfortunately not an area that is up for discussion". Trudeau said that ending free trade between Canada and the United States would hurt the wealthy, but also harm future opportunities for the USA middle class.

The two leaders are not scheduled to meet during Trudeau's four-day trip to the USA this week. He pointed out that the relationship between the USA and Canada is what's important, but that the Canadian people expect him to have a constructive working relationship with whoever is president of the US and to stand up for Canadian values.

This version corrects the last name of the consul general to Sarkar, not Sankar.