Mered­ith Lilly

The NAFTA Road Ahead: Why Canada Must Be in the Fast Lane

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In mul­ti­lat­eral trade ne­go­ti­a­tions as in so many things, tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. The NAFTA 2.0 process is un­fold­ing un­der cer­tain time con­straints in­volv­ing Mex­ico’s July 2018 elec­tion and a con­cur­rent sched­ule for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­new fast track au­thor­ity or Congress not to. As Mered­ith Lilly, Si­mon Reis­man Chair at Car­leton Univer­sity, writes, Canada should strate­gize ac­cord­ingly.

As it seeks to rene­go­ti­ate NAFTA, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion rages from one po­lit­i­cal cri­sis to the next. tip­ping point may have ar­rived fol­low­ing the events in Char­lottesville, when in­creas­ing num­bers of Repub­li­cans and U.S. busi­ness lead­ers for­mally dis­tanced them­selves from the pres­i­dent. Mov­ing for­ward, Re­pub­li­can mem­bers of Congress will be less in­clined to give the pres­i­dent any po­lit­i­cal wins that don’t also re­flect their own goals for gov­ern­ing—es­pe­cially as

Adam Scotti photo

Chrys­tia Free­land, then in­ter­na­tional trade min­is­ter, re­views her notes prior to the North Amer­i­can Lead­ers’ Sum­mit in Ottawa, June 29, 2016. Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale looks on.

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