Even though United States President Donald Trump renewed his trade criticisms of Mexico and Canada, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said Canada would not escalate the tariffs but would also not back down from the threat, according to Reuters.
The Foreign Minister met with lawmakers on Tuesday in Ottawa to say NAFTA was still possible despite the newly announced tariffs.
Freeland said Canada believes the tariffs of steel and aluminum are separate from the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks, even though the U.S. sees the tariffs as a way of motivating its neighbors to a fast agreement.
Freeland also said there was a desire to modernize the trade agreement even though negotiations have been stalled as Canada and Mexico attempt to accommodate some of the major demands coming from the Trump administration.
Freeland met with a number of American legislators last week when she was awarded the Foreign Policy journal's diplomat of the year award, but also spoke out against the "absurd" tariffs from the Trump administration.