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Ottawa/May 16 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans, during his three-day U.S. excursion, to sell Canada and the Canada-U. S. partnership to an American audience, during American baseball culture this morning, media reports said.
With the nearing of target date to complete negotiations for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) later this week, Trudeau's three-day U.S. visit will begin with a speech for New York University at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Trudeau's this week’s trip to U.S., said a Trudeau official, is yet another chance for the prime minister to promote Canada-U. S. partnership to an American audience.
For the second time this year that Trudeau will reportedly address directly to convince an American audience why the Canada-U. S. trade relationship is so critical for both countries and why NAFTA needs to be salvaged.
In February of this year, Trudeau had told students at the University of Chicago that U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated threat to tear up NAFTA would hurt millions of Americans.
Trudeau will reportedly receive, on Wednesday an honorary degree from New York University, his second such degree as prime minister; he received his first honorary degree last July at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
On Thursday, Trudeau will address the Economic Club of New York and on Friday he will participate in the Solve conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
He also has one-on-one meetings set up with a number of American executives.
Sean Speer -- a senior fellow in fiscal policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a former senior economic adviser to the prime minister’s Conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper -- had used a similar approach when working to change U.S. policy on country-of-origin labelling but Trudeau has taken it to a whole new level.
“I think they deserve tremendous credit for that,” said Speer. “I think it’s the right approach.”
Speer said he thinks the strategy is working and is “one of the most impressive accomplishments in the Trudeau government’s first couple of years.”
Speer said almost every Trudeau foreign trip reportedly includes at least one of those groups.
This trip, said Speer is another example of Trudeau working to get his message through to Trump by lobbying all around him, including congressional leaders, state governments, or in this case, business executives and students.
Trump has promised to tear up NAFTA if a better deal for the United States can’t be negotiated.
The deal was first signed in 1994, and negotiations to modernize it began last August.
Trudeau spoke by phone with Trump about NAFTA earlier this week.
Besides agreement on automobile manufacturing, the dairy industry and pharmaceutical pricing are also proving to problematic.