Beyond NAFTA – A New Bilateral Trade Deal With the US?

By | February 8, 2017

I wrote an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail in January 2017, saying that a possible approach for Canada is to look beyond NAFTA as a three-way agreement and to consider a NEW BILATERAL TRADE DEAL with the US.

Given the problems in resolving Trump’s concerns over Mexico within the NAFTA as it is currently constructed, and given that Canada-US issues are qualitatively different than the Mexico-US issues, Canada might consider looking to Plan B – a totally new Canada-US trade agreement that brings the NAFTA up to date.

Click here for the Globe op-ed:

Even if the NAFTA can be rescued, the result will likely be essentially two separate agreements in any case, one for Canada and one covering Mexico.