Premier Scott Moe has chimed in on NAFTA talks between Canada and the U.S.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer have been at the negotiation table off-and-on for a number of months, with a select few items causing a stalemate as talks continue this week.
Premier Moe said Saskatchewan depends on NAFTA.
“We need a positive, synergistic deal like we have experienced over the last two and a half decades, where I put forward that there have been winners in industries on both sides of the border, both sides of the 49th parallel and we need that continued agreement into the future.”
Premier Scott Moe said the U.S. is Saskatchewan’s biggest export customer, with 55 percent of the province’s goods crossing the border southbound.
“I give the Federal government, Chrystia Freeland, credit for keeping us abreast of those negotiations as we work our way through them,” Moe said. “We’ve been an advocate for that relationship, as I myself have gone to the United States on three different occasions advocating on behalf of Canada for a free and fair trade deal.”
Moe made the comments ahead of his trip to China to discuss trade, as China is Saskatchewan’s second largest export customer.