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Parliamentary NAFTA outreach ‘essential’ to drive deal in ‘right direction’: chief negotiator

By Samantha Wright Allen      
Liberal MP Wayne Easter with U.S. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Judiciary Committee, during a meeting last week in Washington. The Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group met 57 U.S. lawmakers to discuss NAFTA last week. Photograph courtesy of Wayne Easter's Twitter account
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Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator told MPs their work travelling south of the border to discuss the 23-year-old trade agreement and Canada-U.S. trade relations is “absolutely essential.” “That kind of outreach work I think will make the difference if we advance in the right direction or not in this negotiation,” said Steve Verheul at a Dec. 4 House International Trade Committee meeting, later adding Canada is facing “wholly unacceptable” proposals from the U.S. U.S. industry stakeholders and some individual

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