This past week we heard US President Barack Obama demand that labour and environmental side agreements be incorporated into the main text of NAFTA.
We are now hearing from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Trade Minister Stockwell Day that they are open to addressing President Obama's concerns, but seemingly with the assertion that NAFTA would not need to be renegotiated to accomplish this.
HARPER AND DAY
At the joint media conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "We're perfectly willing to look at ways we can address some of these concerns which I understand without opening the whole NAFTA and unravelling what is a very complex agreement..."
In an interview on Friday with the Canwest News Service and Global National, Trade Minister Stockwell Day said, "There was lots of speculation that President Mr. Obama wanted to do a wholesale renegotiation of NAFTA. We understand now that that's not on and we think there's ways of accommodating the environmental concerns and the labour concerns."