The constantly changing positions of politicians and their parties on free trade, on both sides of the border, are typical of discussions around the eternal political hot potato.
Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer give a joint statement on Sept. 27, 2017 at the end of the third round of negotiations to rework the NAFTA. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
TORONTO—The North American Free Trade Agreement is a tool nobody likes, but everybody needs and uses it. Conversations among the partners are surreal.
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