The U.S. made few, if any concessions, while Canada provided more access to its dairy sector and allowed Washington to possibly prevent Canada from reaching a free trade deal with China. He covers US politics and current affairs.
"The effect of it was, you got this uncertainty in the market between buyers and sellers where they don't know what the price of the product is going to be", he said.
Nonetheless, Canada managed to salvage its red-line or walk-away demand, a rejigging of the conflict resolution clause that effectively keeps it in play, and pushing the review of the newly-minted deal to more than six years down the road when Trump will no longer be president and therefore bully-boy-in-chief, even if re-elected in November, 2020.
U.S. president Donald Trumps says the agreement was "truly historic".
But the premier says his government is concerned about the possible impacts on the almost 8,000 workers in the province's dairy industry because the agreement provides more access to Canada for American producers. Of all time. It doesn't matter that he did it by fiddling on the margins, and that the end result looks suspiciously like the original deal, or that he angered two key allies in doing it.
Trump hit the road again Tuesday, in part to try selling the trade pact to the American people. By getting NAFTA settled and including this rule, Trump has made one more step towards creating a unified front against China.
In fact, the USA has always been a manufacturing powerhouse and by some projections - before the current deal - expected to be No. 1 in 2020.
The official also said it exempts tariffs on 2.6 million cars and on diary it preserves supply management in Canada, the AP reported. But Trump and other critics said it encouraged manufacturers to move south of the border to take advantage of low-wage Mexican wages, costing American jobs.
Dias said the new trade deal solidifies the auto footprint and ensures that jobs don't continue to bleed and go to Mexico. It was unclear, however, whether he had authority from Congress to pursue a revamped NAFTA with only Mexico. But in a cabinet shuffle this summer - when the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement was still unclear - he added "diversification" to his new trade minister's title. "When this improved agreement is implemented, North American trade will be preserved and modernized for the 21st century, just as we set out to do".
But the United States and European Union are challenging the declaration, arguing that Chinese state subsidies fuelling excess industrial capacity, the exclusion of foreign competitors and other practices are signs it is still a non-market economy. "Inclusion of non-trade policies in a trade agreement is a deeply troubling precedent".
The updated front page of the New York Post - known in the newspaper business as a replate - carried a bulletin-like headline early Monday that read, "Trump wins revised NAFTA with Canada".
"I don't like NAFTA, I never liked it", Trump said Wednesday. USA drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. "India, the tariff king, also wants to negotiate". In exchange for Canada giving the USA more access to the Canadian market, "the United States will provide reciprocal access on a ton-for-ton basis for imports of Canada dairy products", the US government acknowledged on its website.