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Canada Tough On NAFTA

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By Fadi Didi

Canada has been taking a hard line on key issues as negotiations resume in Mexico this week.


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Canada has been taking a hard line on key issues as negotiations resume in Mexico this week to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Among those issues are keeping the disputes-settling system and resisting U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal that NAFTA be up for review every five years.

Canada's supply-management marketing boards are opposed to any more concessions in the NAFTA negotiations.

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An Eastern Ontario farmer whose land was contaminated in a 2011 CN rail accident in Port Hope is suing the national railway for $10.5 million.

For former dairy farmer turned cash cropper, Harris McKeen, who had eight acres of his land contaminated in the accident, this is about holding Canadian National Railway to account for what he said has been six years of grief.

McKeen alleges that the railway failed to clean up his land.

He says soil was trucked away and replaced with new soil, which McKeen says was not properly screened.

The derailment involved 25 train cars and spilled about 120,000 litres of jet fuel, sulphuric acid and other hazardous substances onto McKeen's property.


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