No NAFTA deal by Thursday deadline, officials say
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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