Canada joins U.S.-Mexico trade deal just before deadline

Canada agreed late Sunday to join the trade agreement reached last month by the U.S. and Mexico, potentially salvaging a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

The deal came after a frantic weekend of talks aiming to beat a midnight deadline set by the White House. In a joint statement, President Trump’s trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, and Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, said the new deal would “give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in our region.”

The new treaty will be named the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” rather than NAFTA, which Trump long vowed to replace and derided as a terrible deal. Administration officials expect a tough fight for congressional approval.

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