Reuters: Ahead of NAFTA talks, Canada says dispute mechanism essential12 August 2017 | 00:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Canada's desire to include a dispute settlement mechanism in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has put the country on course for a potential clash with Washington, which said in its goals released last month it wants to drop the current system, known as Chapter 19.
Under Chapter 19, binational panels hear complaints about illegal subsidies and dumping and then issue binding decisions. The United States has frequently lost such cases.
"Having an effective dispute settlement mechanism is really essential in any trade deal," Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters.
"Canada really understands the importance of independent, objective, transparent dispute settlement within NAFTA and it's something that we'll be talking about with our partners and explaining to them," Freeland said.
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