Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s speech to the UN General Assembly in New York City, planned for Saturday, will now take place Monday due to continuing NAFTA talks, and officials say there is a strong possibility someone else might have to deliver the remarks on Canada’s behalf.
Freeland, who is in the throes of a last-stage effort to secure a North American free trade deal, traded her time slot on the UN rostrum, according to officials in the minister’s office
The postponement of her speech was due to the trade negotiations, which sources say intensified this week in the face of Monday’s U.S. congressional deadline.
Freeland’s remarks to the UN would be part of Canada’s pitch for a place at the top table in the organization. Two Security Council seats are up for grabs, in a three-way race between Canada, Ireland and Norway.
But while Canada vies for a seat, there’s increasing trade pressure.
Mexico’s secretary of the economy said a trilateral deal could be possible this weekend.