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Rekindle efforts with Canada, allies on Pacific Rim plan: Congressman

Says the renegotiated NAFTA offers a model for resurrecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership

September 23, 2020  The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON, Wash. — A congressman prominent on trade issues says it’s time for the United States to work with Canada and other allies on a new strategy for the Pacific Rim.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, chairman of the House Ways and Means trade subcommittee, says the renegotiated NAFTA offers a model for resurrecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Blumenauer says there’s a hunger among allies to once again work with the US, particularly when it comes to China.

Canada recently shelved its efforts to secure a trade deal with China, whose aggressive geopolitical moves have soured its relations with many liberal democracies.

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Blumenauer points to the efforts of Democrats to secure more stringent labour and enforcement tools in NAFTA’s successor, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

He says longtime allies like Canada are keen to renew their partnerships with the U.S., which abandoned TPP under President Donald Trump.