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tv   Canadian Foreign Minister on NAFTA Negotiations  CSPAN  September 1, 2018 5:05am-5:32am EDT

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interest groups. coal miners, cotton fibers, whatever. harrison would give them a short speech. interests,heir own is something that would resonate with people generally. taked his own stenographer down what he said, and he would go over what he said to make sure it was what he wanted people to read. they would give it to the associated press the next morning and it was over the -- it was across the country. on friday, canada's foreign minister spoke with reporters about the state of nafta negotiations between the u.s., canada, and mexico. this was at the canadian embassy in washington dc. it is 20 minutes. >> thank you for coming.
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not glad to see you all sweltering in the heat. remarks anda few then i am happy to take questions. [in french]
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[in french] we are continuing to work harder, and we are making progress. we are not there yet. agreement, andex we are going to continue working at it. we said from the outset, our objective in these talks is to update and modernize nafta in a way that is good for canadians, good for americans, and good for mexicans. we know that a win-win agreement
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is within reach. that is what we are working toward. with goodwill infects ability all sides, i know we can get there. but, as the canadians have heard canadian pay in dollars, and my job is to ensure that disagreements for canadian workers, families and business. the government of canada will not sign an agreement unless it is good for canada and good for canadians. before answering your questions, i would think -- i would like to thank the ambassador and his team. they have worked hard and in good faith with us for more than a year, including intense days this week. we have made good progress but there is still work to be done. >> we will take questions, please identify yourself. if you want to follow up, get
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back in line. news, i want to ask what your message to the u.s. congress is now, whether canada believes that president trump would have the authority to proceed with the bilateral lonely deal, or if he would need canada to succeed. the u.s.t comes to legislative process, that is a question for the americans and our american counterparts. message -- that is the question for the americans, and that is their issue. we keep hearing chapter 19 and dairy are the sticking point. which are not negotiable, and are there other sticking point you can tell us about? reportersid to the
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who were camped out ustr earlier this week, the ambassador and i that the absolute intensity of the negotiations right now, we would not be negotiating in public. i am not going to talk about specific issues. sorry. president trump had said today was the deadline, it seems like you are going forward on wednesday. are there deadlines to make sure there is a deal? focus is ona the getting a good deal. once we have a good deal for canada, we will be done. today, donald trump made comments off the record suggesting the u.s. would not compromise when it came to
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negotiating with canada. i know you will not get into details, but have you seen movement from the americans that was suggest that donald trump's characterization of the american negotiating tactics, that characterization is not accurate? said, this week from the beginning of the negotiations, the ambassador and his team have been negotiating in good faith, and with goodwill. this is a process that began more than a year ago. we made progress, we have done work together. neglect to mention the car sector. placearting point was a where canada and the u.s. were quite far apart in their proposal. but what we found is the
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negotiation went on, canada and united states shared a concern for our workers in the car sector who are high wage workers who can be disadvantaged by trade agreements. one of the things we are accomplishing in this agreement is a better deal for canadian and u.s. workers in the auto sector. that is important. canada and united states working together, and mexico showing flexibility. >> cnbc. you mentioned the auto sector. how difficult is the pharmaceutical sector and the provisions that would cut canadian drug prices to rise? >> again, we will not negotiate in public. when it comes to the canadian position on issues, i think our position is clear and well-known. >> how can you negotiate with a
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guy like donald trump who says he will not give any ground. that is not a negotiation. >> my negotiation counterparty is the ambassador and, as i said, he has brought good faith and goodwill to the table. as i also said, it will take flexibility on all sides to get to a deal in the end. what i can speak to as to the canadian position, and i want to assure canadians we are working hard to get a good deal. we are confident that a win-win- win is possible and we will stand for canadian values. french]
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>> i am with global news. with respect to president trump's comments, did you raise those comments with your american tenor parts, and did they raise questions about the sincerity of the american negotiating position? what do you say to canadians who wonder if we are being strong-armed? >> let me be clear yet again. because it is important, and the importance of reiterating is underscored by your question. canada will only find a deal which is a good deal for canada. we are very, very clear about
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that. the prime minister has said that on a number of occasions, including this week, that we want a good deal, not just any deal, and a good deal is one that is good for canada and canadians, a good deal is one reflects canadian national interests, and in which canadian values are defended. we are absolutely clear about that. i also want to say, as i said in my opening remarks, i have been working with ambassador lighthizer and his team for more than a year, and we have had intense periods of working together, and ambassador lighthizer and his team are experienced professionals. they absolutely do bring good faith and goodwill to the negotiating table. i think this week we have over the course of a year, we now understand each other's position
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very well and very clearly, and we are working hard to find those win-win compromises that we need. i will take the next question. mexico.from television >> buenos dias. >> you said you were encouraged by the progress mexico made in these six weeks, and that would help your negotiations. would you elaborate, what was present now that was not present thate that made you think now an agreement was possible and not before? >> that is good question. said, probably for
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people who have been following the negotiation over the year, i think you will remember the many, many days we spent focusing on rules of origin in the car sector. fiendishly complex issue, and it is the issue which really is at the heart of the nafta negotiations. and in a way in the heart of the nafta relationship that integrated the north american car sector. we have spent for more than a year, all three countries have focused a lot of attention on the rules of origin. i want to take an opportunity to thank the canadian negotiating team which put forth important ideas on the rules of origin, particularly in montreal. complicated,in are and in order to achieve the landing zone we found, some big
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required to be made by mexico in particular. i think the important progress that was the most important over the summer was in the rules of origin in the car sector, achieving a deal requires taxability from mexico in particular, and thank you for that, that has put us in a place where we can move on to the other issues. and the rules of origin agreement that was achieved has particular value from my government because our priority has always been middle-class canadians, and people working hard to join the middle-class. and we understand the pressures on working canadians in the 21st century economy. we understand working canadians
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have sometimes felt that trade agreements have hurt them, and hurt their interests. what is really significant about the rules of origin agreement is it will be good for canadian workers and for american workers. and that is an essential part of modernization. fox business network. were you surprised by the scope of the agreement that was signed between the u.s. and mexico, including digital trade? also, what is your feeling on the intellectual property of companies in general and does it need to be expanded? >> as i said, i will not negotiate in public. i will say negotiations with , and were not complete continue to negotiate with the. states.the united
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and we will continue talking until we reach a good deal. >> you said canada will only accept a good deal. >> that is right. i hope you think canada would not look for a good deal. >> i cannot imagine that. >> good. >> can you consider a deal that does not include a continuation of the dairy supply management? i used to be a reporter, and i understand the extreme frustration everyone here is feeling. bereally hurts me to imposing that frustration on the hard-working reporters here. reiterate that the canadian national interests and canadian values are at the core of our negotiating approach, our negotiating priorities.
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the core canadian positions are well-known. and having said that, as we are in this intense. iod, i am convinced that ambassador lighthizer and i agreed that the best way to get a good deal was not to be negotiating in public. i am going to stay true to that agreement. >> inside u.s. trade, i want to ask about the steel and aluminum terrorists. will canada accept a deal that does not include lifting those tariffs? and would you accept a quota arrangement? aluminum the steel and tariffs, canada has said from the outset of the considerations that this is an issue separate
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from nafta, and that is not an opinion, that is a matter of fact. section 232 is a national security consideration, it is not one of the nafta negotiating chapters. that, we very much are opposed to these tariffs. they are unjustified and they are legal -- they are illegal. -- ittion that canadians is frankly absurd. we are very clear about that. >> that is all the time we have. >> thank you very much. i will see quite a few of you next wednesday to read it i look forward to that.
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>> next week, supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh has his confirmation hearing for the senate judiciary committee. we will have live coverage tuesday at 9:30 eastern on c-span three at the head of the hearing, a look at a survey on american attitudes about the supreme court. psp research talked about the findings on washington journal. c-span is out with a new survey looking at americans attitude when it comes to the supreme court. it is available on our website. joining us to walk through the findings of that survey, a senior strategist with the firm psp which conducted the survey
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. process starts, talk about american attitudes toward brett kavanaugh. do they support the nominee? >> we took a look at 1000 likely voters in a poll completed last week. kavanaugh'sjudge nomination. 35% oppose. 26% are undecided or have no opinion. >> do people have a sense who brett kavanaugh is, and are the engaged? are following the news. 69% are following it a lot are some. this is comparable with what we have seen in the past, for example on gorsuch's nomination. >> these nomination fights can fallout him party lines. does the american public view the supreme court is partisan? >> they do. they are dealing the fight in a
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partisan context, and see it as a polarized animal. all they know about the court is there are no cameras and it is in washington dc they behave like democrats and republicans, and congress provides no evidence to the contrary. >> how does it compare to previous times you polled the american public? >> it is very similar. it is a dangerous, worrisome trend. we have been asking this question since 2011, first about health care reform hearings and later about same-sex marriage, asking whether people view the court decisions as demonstrating that they are acting in a constitutional manner. decision recent demonstrates a split into parties like democrats and republicans, and that is what 56% say. it is there a dangerous for the institution itself. >> we said a week out from the
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confirmation hearings, when were you in the field with this poll? >> it wrapped up last week on august 13 through 15. >> do people feel connected to the supreme court in their daily lives? >> they absolutely do. they say it has a major impact on their life. 91%, a huge number. case that comes to mind when you think of cases, they think of roe versus wade. from immigration to same-sex marriage, there are a lot of things the court does, and they hear it through filters because the court does not let us see how they operate directly. >> on what the public feels engaged on, is that what the public will be looking for from these confirmation hearings? what will be what americans are watching for when the senators question brett kavanaugh? >> what we are going to see
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unfortunately on all sides is sharp polarization. senators actually vote for or against the nomination, we saw strong partisan support among republicans for kavanaugh, and strong opposition among democrats. for the most part, people will break on party lines, and there are not a lot of moderate or independent senators. thwa changed for simple majority, it seems likely, barring any surprise, he will be confirmed, even though the gap is tighter. kaganhen gorsuch and with in the past three at >> people get their news from -- this network has been an advocate for cameras in the court. how did the american public feel about that? >> they agree there should be cameras in the court.
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64% support cameras in the court for televising oral arguments, and it is a serious issue. it is not because the public has a right to know where people are -- it is hurting the institution because they are looking elitist when they say what we do is too complex for you to understand, and it gets mischaracterized. people do not care to hear that. forhe survey was conducted c-span. we appreciate your time. thank you for walking us through it. >> this weekend, flagstaff ourona with the help of cable partners, we will explore the literary life of flagstaff. located 80 miles south of the grand canyon. today at 7:00 p.m. eastern on book tv, the book "grand canyon:
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a history of the national wonder and national park." >> a quarter of the way into the grand canyon, is start 70 miles east of here, and goes to hundred miles to the west. right here is where the canyon starts to widen and deepen and turn into the classic views you see in most photographs or calendars or famous images. at 2:00 p.m. eastern on american history tv, a visit to the lowell observatory to hear about the discovery of pluto. then -- >> some might think of this site is abandoned and empty, but it is important and a living site for a lot of descendents of the ancestors of the people who live .n the area t
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they believe their ancestors are still here. places still an important for many people in the southwest. cities tour of's flagstaff, arizona, today at seven ago p.m. eastern on c-span two book tv. >> there was a memorial service yesterday at the u.s. capitol for the late senator, john mccain. vice president pence was there to pay his respects along with lawmakers, governors, and friends of the mccain family. ais is about one hour and half.


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