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Trade deal with U.S., Mexico muted political win for Trudeau Liberals: observers

By Beatrice Paez      

‘The opposition will be confined to quibbling around the edges’ to avoid looking like they’re siding with Donald Trump, says Prof. Robert Bothwell.

It’s too early to tell what the political fallout from the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement detailed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, on Oct. 1 at the National Press Theatre, will have on the 2019 election, strategists say. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

After more than a year of gruelling negotiations over a signature trilateral trade agreement with an often mercurial administration, the Trudeau government emerged with a deal that, some trade observers say, is the best one it could have reached, handing it a political win even in the face of immediate backlash from the dairy lobby.

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