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Canada aims to keep NAFTA dispute settlement mechanism: minister

OTTAWA, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The Canadian government's goals for modernizing NAFTA include preserving the pact's dispute settlement mechanism, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday, setting up a potential clash with the United States.

Talks on updating the trade pact between Canada, Mexico and the United States start on Wednesday.

Freeland, speaking at the University of Ottawa, also said Canada wanted stronger labor and environmental provisions in the updated North American Free Trade Agreement. (Reporting by Andrea Hopkins and David Ljunggren; Editing by Jim Finkle)