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Free trade at 30: a conversation with Brian Mulroney

By L. Ian MacDonald      
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney told Policy magazine: 'The worst thing that the Canadians could have done or could do would be to respond to a tweet or a statement and get into a verbal fist fight with the Americans over something that is meaningless. My view was, and I’ve talked about it publicly, keep your mouth shut and your head down and prepare, prepare, prepare for the autumn negotiations. All of these things that cause a furor and headlines can be dealt with at the negotiating table.' The Hill Times file photographs
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Brian Mulroney was the Canadian architect of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement in 1987, and later the NAFTA in 1992. Mr. Mulroney has been advising Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and senior Canadian officials, and says he has been impressed by their management of the NAFTA file, and particularly the relationship with the mercurial Donald Trump. Policy Magazine Editor L. Ian MacDonald met the former PM for a Q&A at his Montreal law office

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