The trade talks were overshadowed in Washington by the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and Freeland took the opportunity to tout the importance of the US-Canada relationship.
"So if we don't find some way to accommodate some of that, then we're not going to have a deal".
The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement continued on Tuesday, as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sat down with United States trade officials and struck a positive tone, speaking with reporters.
"Our farmers don't have access to the Canadian markets the way that they have access to us".
Over the weekend, negotiators continued working to try to hammer out a deal.
Trump has notified Congress he intends to sign the trade deal reached last week with Mexico by the end of November, and officials said the text would be published by around October 1.
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As Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived back in Washington, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of what he termed "massive disruption" and job loses on both sides of the border if Washington follows through on threats to impose auto tariffs.
Canada's closed, $16 billion dairy market is among the last sticking points in talks between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, which broke up on Friday without a deal.
The in-person, high-level negotiations got back underway as events marking the 17th anniversary of the 2001 attacks took place around the US, including at the Pentagon with Vice President Mike Pence, not far from where the trade meetings are taking place.
No word yet on when she might return to Washington to continue NAFTA talks. "But we don't negotiate differently because of pressure tactics like that".
Former federal Canadian trade official Matthew Kronby said the reported American demands indicate to him that the White House doesn't really want to strike a deal with Canada. After more than a year of negotiations, Canada and the United States are still trying to resolve differences over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which also includes Mexico.
Freeland spent three days in Washington last week and said on Friday as she prepared to leave that she and Lighthizer were making very good progress in some areas, although a deal remained out of reach. But a deal without Canada has virtually no chance of being passed, Mulroney said. In April 2017, Trump almost withdrew from NAFTA after becoming angered by the plight of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose milk protein exports to Canada had been cut off by the Class 7 pricing scheme.
"If (Trump) goes to Congress with a bilateral arrangement with Mexico, he's got problems - real problems", Mulroney said.