MORICI: Canada’s embrace of protectionist policies


The United States and Mexico have agreed to update the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement but Canada continues to insist on deeply protectionist policies — measures that should long ago have been buried and now threaten to derail regional cooperation.

On its face, the U.S.-Mexico rewrite of NAFTA doesn’t appear wholly liberalizing. However, when seen in the context of the protectionist policies of our three principle competitors — Germany, Japan and most of all China — it strikes a reasonable balance between ensuring North America can continue to lead the developed and developing world both in freedom and technology and modernizing the agreement for the digital age.

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