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National flags representing Canada, Mexico, and the United States fly outside a meeting between the leaders of the NAFTA countries, New Orleans, April 21, 2008 (AP photo by Judi Bottoni).

Canada-Mexico Trade Is Not a Likely Casualty of NAFTA Renegotiation

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

While free trade with the United States was the main impetus behind Canada and Mexico’s participation in NAFTA, both sides have benefited from their own bilateral trade relations as part of the deal. Now all three parties are back at the negotiation table, revisiting the agreement that has transformed their economies in so many ways. In an email interview, Dan Ciuriak, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and former deputy chief economist at the Canadian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, explains what NAFTA has meant to the Canada-Mexico trade relationship and whether their free trade arrangement will survive a possible end to the agreement.

WPR: For all of U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticisms of NAFTA, how has the agreement looked from the standpoint of Canada-Mexico trade relations? ...

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