The Rough Road Ahead for Ratification of NAFTA 2.0

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal in Montreal, Canada, Jan. 29, 2018 (Canadian Press photo by Graham Hughes via AP).
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal in Montreal, Canada, Jan. 29, 2018 (Canadian Press photo by Graham Hughes via AP).

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected last year after promising to tackle corruption and inequality and improve conditions for Mexican workers. So it was little surprise that one of his first acts upon taking office in late 2018 was to raise the minimum wage. AMLO, as the president is known, also had his advisers join the team renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and encourage the acceptance of U.S. demands to embed key labor law reforms in an updated deal. The result was an annex to the labor chapter in the new NAFTA 2.0—which President Donald Trump […]

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