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Trump’s shadow looms over North America trade panel

By Carl Meyer      

Mexican envoy blasts ‘desperate calls for a return to protectionism.’

Mexican Ambassador Agustín García-López, left, spoke March 24 in Ottawa at the event A New North American Future, hosted by Hill Times Events. The panel discussion was moderated by Catherine Clark and featured Eric Miller, vice-president of policy, North America and cybersecurity at the Business Council of Canada; Mathew Wilson, vice-president of national policy at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Mairead Lavery, senior vice-president, business development at Export Development Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Carl Meyer

The shadow of United States presidential hopeful Donald Trump loomed large today in Ottawa at an expert panel on North American trade. While few mentioned the divisive frontrunner for the Republican nomination by name, his rhetoric has clearly gotten under the skin of North America watchers. Mr. Trump has called the U.S.-Canada-Mexico North American Free Trade Agreement a “disaster,” referred to Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” said he would build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and slap a

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