Canadian auto sector divided on approach to NAFTA — The Globe and Mail

Riyaz Dattu

June 4, 2017

Osler partner Riyaz Dattu says rules of origin for goods manufactured in North America — including auto parts — and government procurement will likely be at the forefront of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, according to an article in The Globe and Mail. In his article, author Greg Keenan outlines how the Canadian auto sector is divided on the country’s approach to the NAFTA renegotiations. Riyaz, an international trade and investment law expert, tells The Globe and Mail that one of the main issues that is causing disagreement lies with NAFTA’s rules of origin, particularly relating to automotive components.

Riyaz also tells The Globe and Mail that the U.S. government is likely to want NAFTA’s dispute-resolution mechanism adjusted during negotiations, and that Canada’s dairy products supply management system and softwood lumber industry will also be front and centre during the talks.

If you subscribe to The Globe and Mail online, you can read more in Greg Keenan’s article “Canadian auto sector divided on approach to NAFTA.