Federal government extending public consultations over NAFTA

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP / Evan Vucci)

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, July 18, 2017 

OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is extending public consultations to find out what Canadians want to see in a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

The consultations were to end today but officials say the government will continue indefinitely to accept responses to its online survey, which asks Canadians to identify their priorities for a renegotiated deal, what elements of NAFTA they want to preserve, what should be improved and what new issues need to be addressed to modernize the 23-year-old agreement.

The government will also be staging a number of townhall-style meetings to further canvass Canadians’ views on the matter.

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