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Winter Is Coming: Dispatches from Washington, D.C.

By Chad Rogers      

The technocrats and political class tied to the negotiations whisper and look both ways before answering questions. They are already planning for what a dramatic reduction in trade liberalism between Canada, Mexico, and the US looks like.

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, left, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, centre, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer, right, give a joint statement on Sept. 27, 2017 in Ottawa at the end of the third round of negotiations to rework NAFTA. The fourth round of talks is currently ongoing in Washington, D.C. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Huddled together in a Washington, D.C. law firm (on K Street no less), a group of former prime ministers, ministers,ambassadors, lawyers, and corporate leaders have come together to determine amongst themselves if the North American Free Trade Agreement is alive or dead. A stone’s throw away, the negotiating teams from Canada, Mexico, and the US gather in secret to hammer out what is clearly becoming a wholesale revision of the agreement. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s motorcade pulls

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