Several high level Canadian officials are in Washington today to work out a path for NAFTA negotiation ahead. The delegation include Brian Clow, Prime Minister Office’s coordinator of US affairs.

Canada’s ambassador to the US, David MacNaughton, also said there are high-level conversations going on. He said “we will do an assessment of where are we and is there a chance of pulling all this together in a fairly rapid fashion or not?” He added that “we’re pretty close” even though there are still “some tough issues to deal with”.

Also MacNaughton noted that the US objective in the talks was to reduce trade deficit. And, “eighty per cent of that deficit has to do with autos. We’re that close on autos.”

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