United States trade under Trump to dominate Liberal retreat in Calgary

"A great thing for the American worker we did" Mr Trump said at the Oval Office

Donald Trump's incoming administration is to start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada in a series of upcoming meetings.

Trump also announced he had scheduled meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to begin the process of reviewing the trade deal.

U.S. manufacturing exports to Canada and Mexico, the United States' two largest export markets, increased 258 percent under the agreement, according to the website of outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and the deal helped create a trade surplus in agriculture and manufactured goods.

The envoy also suggested Canada might at some point focus on bilateral relations with the United States rather than including Mexico in all the NAFTA talks.

Trump made trade one of the central issues of his campaign, which found success in the former industrial areas of states such as Wisconsin and MI.

Trump has previously described the 23-year-old pact as the "worst trade deal in history", blaming it for the "rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of [the] nation".

"We're going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA".

Manufacturers will continue to invest in Mexican production, despite public threats from USA president Donald Trump, according to a recent study.

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There is no valid economic reason for the U.S.to upset its trade with Canada, but there is equally no reason for Canada to risk its relationship with the U.S.by being overly loyal to NAFTA. Trump has been critical of Chinese trade policy and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.

That could upset Mexico, whose economy has suffered since Trump started expressing unhappiness with US companies that have factories there.

The executive order is expected to be the first Trump will issue Monday, a senior White House official said, and will amount to the administration's first major action on foreign policy.

It's now the world's largest free trade agreement, with goods worth around $1.4 billion crossing the US-Mexico border every day. He blames it for the loss of America's carmaking jobs, a quarter of which have vanished since 1994.

There's no doubt Canada could face a significant economic impact if Trump decides to throw up a trade wall around the US. "I think we've got a lot of leverage". I think he still remains popular, the question is how popular is he in Alberta?

One of the threats Trump has made to companies shifting manufacturing outside the U.S.is the imposition of a 35% tariff on goods exported back to America.

Since winning the November 8 election, Trump has singled out and threatened to impose tariffs on USA companies that move any production to Mexico.