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NAFTA deal a win for Trudeau, but not a get-out-of-jail-free card

By Tim Powers      

Trudeau is now a little less vulnerable to the opposition argument that he is a poor economic manager. But he won’t have time to rest on his laurels, as many businesses gear up for a fight against Bill C-69.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speak to reporters Oct. 1 about the agreement-in-principle on trade with the United States and Mexico they clinched the night before. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau has a trade deal. Over the weekend, Canada and the United States were able to come to a preliminary agreement on a successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), henceforth to be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). While its acronym could be confused with a Village People song popular in President Donald Trump’s clubbing era, it is hard not to see this agreement, details aside, as an important political win for the prime minister.

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