"To me, a lot of that is consistent with my suspicion that the US doesn't really want to get a deal [or] at least the [Trump] administration doesn't", he said, citing the leaked off-the-record comments Mr. Trump gave Bloomberg in late August when he said he was refusing to compromise with Canada and that any deal with Canada would be "totally on our terms".
Wiens declined to say what action the organization would take if an updated NAFTA deal gave the USA a greater chunk of the Canadian market, but did not rule out campaigning against ratification of the agreement, or the Liberal government.
The two sides have so far been unable to break an impasse over, among other issues, US access to the Canadian dairy market, a cultural exemption for Canada and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded sanguine on Wednesday as she emerged from negotiations with top USA trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer, although she cautioned that no trade deal was done until the last issue was nailed down. A bilateral deal announced by the United States and Mexico on Monday was a breakthrough that infused renewed optimism around a new NAFTA.
Brian Mulroney says Canada needs to put a little more water in its milk if it expects to make a new NAFTA deal with a hard-bargaining US president whose political fortunes depend heavily on being able to declare victory for American dairy farmers. Under U.S. trade negotiating laws, a text for that agreement is due by October 1.More news: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos launches a $2 billion philanthropic fund
Former federal Canadian trade official Matthew Kronby said the reported American demands indicate to him that the White House doesn't really want to strike a deal with Canada.
Freeland spokesman Adam Austen did not give details.
A late day comment from Pres. Trump boosted the precious metal and the Canadian dollar where he said "Trade talks going well". Eares are on the ground for USA and China developments but at the fore again was the NAFTA negotiations.
"We agreed that it would be useful to continue talking today, so we're back for more negotiations", Freeland told reporters as she entered USTR offices in Washington.
"These are complicated subjects and there's still some distance" separating the two sides, said one source close to the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe pending negotiations.More news: Hurricane Florence could 'kill a lot of people'
"We're neighbours and neighbours help each other when they need help".
"Forget what you read about NAFTA negotiations and Twitter wars".
Ottawa and Washington are trying to reach an agreement that could be submitted to the U.S. Congress by month's end.
Daniel Ujczo, a USA trade lawyer who has worked for both the Canadian and the US governments, rejects the notion that Canada and the United States are at a stalemate.
The hope is for a trilateral agreement in principle that Congress can approve before Mexico's new president takes office on December 1.More news: California mandates 100% clean energy by 2045