Given the relative size of the two economies, Canadian firms would be allowed to bid on only “a very limited set of procurements.”

Moen said that would “completely move away” from NAFTA traditional approach to procurement and would result in “fundamentally rendering this chapter meaningless.”

His candid assessment was given to a trade symposium in Ottawa, co-sponsored by the Centre of International Governance Innovation. It was billed as an update on the recently completed fourth round of NAFTA talks, which revealed a wide gap between the U.S. and its Canadian and Mexican counterparts.

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