Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has a ''constructive, working relationship'' with the new U.S. administration and says ''jobs on either side of the border depend on the close trade relationship that we have.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: "Millions of good, middle-class jobs on either side of the border depend on the close trade relationship that we have and that has really been at the center of all of discussions," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference in Alberta on Tuesday (January 24). U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he planned talks soon to begin renegotiating NAFTA, under which Canada and Mexico send most of their exports to the United States. Canada will focus on preserving its U.S. trade ties. "The response we're getting is very much positive in terms of understanding the extent to which the relationship between Canada and the United States is particular and unique," said Trudeau. During the news conference, a reporter asked Trudeau if he thought Trump was a misogynist. "I am pleased to have a constructive, working relationship with the new administration," Trudeau answered. Bilateral trade is critical for Canada, which sends 75 percent of its exports to the United States. Statistics Canada data for 2015 show two-way trade in goods with the United States totaled C$760 billion ($580 billion) compared to just C$26 billion with Mexico. Canada has a "very special status" and is unlikely to be hit hard by changes to NAFTA, the head of a business advisory council to Trump said on Monday.