No NAFTA deal by Thurs­day dead­line, of­fi­cials say

StarMetro Calgary - - WORLD - Daniel Dale

ASH­ING­TON — No North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment deal will be reached by the Thurs­day dead­line im­posed by a top U.S. legislator, Cana­di­ans and Mex­ico’s econ­omy sec­re­tary said Wed­nes­day.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says a NAFTA deal would have to be made by Thurs­day in or­der for this Congress, which is con­trolled by trade-friendly Re­pub­li­cans, to hold a vote by the end of the year.

Mex­i­can econ­omy sec­re­tary Ilde­fonso Gua­jardo also said there will not be a deal by Thurs­day. Jerry Dias, pres­i­dent of the Uni­for union that rep­re­sents Cana­dian auto work­ers, said “there’s a bet­ter chance of me beat­ing Usain Bolt in a sprint than this thing be­ing done to­mor­row.”

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