Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obama raises Nafta issue in Canada

President Barack Obama raised the touchy issue of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) during his visit to Canada today.

"My hope is as our advisers and staffs and economic teams work this through that there's a way of doing this that is not disruptive to the extraordinarily important trade relationship that exists between the two countries," he said.

Canada has been worried about Obama stance on free trade and also the call for a "Buy American" provision on the economic stimulus package. The US president watered down the buy American clause in the final bill, and has stated that he is careful to avoid a possible trade war.

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