Photo of our protest at the start of the 4th round of NAFTA talks in Ottawa, September 2017.
The fifth round of NAFTA talks concluded in Mexico City earlier today. In short, it would appear that no 'progress' was made on any key issues.
This is notable because the three countries have given themselves the extended deadline of March 31, 2018 to reach a deal, with only two more rounds of formal talks left, the penultimate round being January 23-27, 2018 in Montreal.
The Financial Post reports, "The fifth round of talks has largely avoided the most divisive U.S. proposals on dairy, automotive content, dispute panels, government procurement, and a sunset clause."
That news report adds, "Negotiators spent much of their time in the fifth round on rules of origin, which govern how much of a product must be produced in North America to trade without tariffs, though discussions on that centered on mundane details such as paperwork requirements."