TORONTO—The North American Free Trade Agreement is a tool nobody likes, but everybody needs and uses it. Conversations among the partners are surreal. Since the beginning of the conversations in the late 1980s with the FTA (Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the U.S.), the politicking has always taken over reality. The Canadian Conservatives of Brian Mulroney and the American Republicans of Ronald Reagan were in favour, the Liberals (remember John Turner?) and the Democrats in the U.S.