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Ambassadors preparing to tackle fallout from NAFTA

The U.S. ambassador to Canada is now dealing with the fallout of the uncertainty caused by over a year of tense NAFTA negotiations.
U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft spoke with CBC Radio's The House in her home state of Kentucky. (CBC)
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The U.S. ambassador to Canada is now dealing with the fallout of the uncertainty caused by over a year of tense NAFTA negotiations.

Kelly Craft told The House she and her Canadian counterpart will embark on a series of townhall meetings with businesses on both sides of the border to listen to their concerns about the investment climate.

"I understand your frustrations," she told host Chris Hall.

"This was a negotiation, negotiations are going to be tense."

As President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to axe the deal, which eventually evolved into musings about leaving Canada out of a bilateral deal with Mexico, companies hit pause on investments because of the volatile business environment.

Craft says she understands the difficulties the negotiations created, especially when it comes to the tariffs.

"We need to be patient, we need to trust this will change."

The ambassador is a Kentucky native — a state that relies heavily on trade with Canada. As the dust settles from the negotiations, companies in Kentucky are concerned about the residual damage to the Canada-U.S. relationship.

Hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in trade each year depend on Canadian business in the Bluegrass state.

Ambassador Kelly Craft discusses the Canada - U.S trade relationship after a long NAFTA renegotiation. 8:37