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Amid Gloomy Signs in Washington, Trudeau Keeps Up the Charm Offensive on Trade

Posted October 11, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Evan Dyer – CBC News)

Chrystia Freeland’s gloomy diagnosis of the state of the world Tuesday was perhaps a fitting curtain-raiser for Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to Washington today.

Canada’s foreign minister, speaking in the U.S. capital, said “this is probably the most uncertain moment in international relations since the end of the Second World War.”

Heading the list of uncertainties, at least in terms of the Canadian government’s priorities, is the continued survival of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Again this week, U.S. President Donald Trump was ruminating on the imminent demise of the free-trade pact. “I happen to think NAFTA will have to be terminated,” he told Forbes magazine, in an interview published Tuesday. Click here to read more.