Canada says ready to come to NAFTA talks ‘at any time’

Canada's Foreign Minister Freeland speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is ready to come to talks on renewing the North American Free Trade Agreement at any time, a Canadian official said on Wednesday in reaction to reports that a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the pact was under consideration.

“At this moment NAFTA negotiations have not started. Canada is ready to come to the table at any time,” said Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)