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Freeland strikes alliance with populist Maine governor who understands value of trade

By Jesse Robichaud      

When Freeland talks jobs, she is speaking LePage’s language.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has found an ally on trade in populist Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who claims he was 'Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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Canada’s NAFTA lobbyist-in-chief has revealed the key but unorthodox ally she has found inside U.S. President Donald Trump’s inner circle—one who is fluent in the president’s own bombastic political language. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a committee of MPs last week that she often speaks with him on the phone to discuss ways the Trudeau government can make its NAFTA advocacy resonate within the administration and, most importantly, in the president’s ear. But he is not your

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