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Trudeau: No comment on North Korea threats, let’s pursue a diplomatic solution

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Justin Trudeau avoided being drawn into the tit-for-tat threats between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, pointing instead to signs that diplomacy might prevail in a nuclear standoff that has the countries trading insults. Canada’s prime minister said he spoke this week with the South Korean president about possible …

Trudeau to use United Nations speech to address Canada’s Indigenous past

NEW YORK— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to use his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to tell a painful story about Canada’s past, the struggles of its Indigenous peoples, and the long road ahead in addressing them. Sources say the prime minister will allude Thursday to the legacy of injustices like residential schools, …

Prime Minister Trudeau promotes ‘progressive’ NAFTA agenda before U.S. audience

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took his so-called progressive trade agenda to the United States on Tuesday. In a speech to a black-tie gala aboard an aircraft carrier in the Hudson River, Trudeau argued that worker-friendly policies are key to saving public support for free trade. The prime minister — who is in …

Trump at UN: ‘America First’ president arrives on premier internationalist stage

NEW YORK — This week the United Nations is hearing for the first time from a U.S. president who called the organization weak, incompetent, antithetical to freedom, anti-American and hostile to democracy. Donald Trump said all that in one campaign speech. Now the “America First” president is speaking for the first time to the world …

NAFTA: Top U.S. lawmakers express optimism, shrug off talk of early bumps

WASHINGTON —Top U.S. lawmakers tasked with an oversight role in the NAFTA negotiations are expressing confidence in the state of the discussions, downplaying talk of a halting start to the process. The two highest-ranking members of the U.S. Senate finance committee legally designated with monitoring the negotiations have brushed aside reports of early bumps. The …

Bannon: Trump firing FBI boss maybe biggest mistake in modern political

WASHINGTON— The just-departed chief White House strategist referred to the firing of FBI director James Comey as perhaps the biggest mistake in modern political history, commenting in his first televised interview since leaving government. Donald Trump’s ex-strategist and campaign manager insisted he will continue to support the president’s agenda against the pro-trade, pro-globalization Republican establishment …

Spoiling for a fight: combative mood in Mexico for Round 2 of NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY— A second round of NAFTA negotiations gets underway Friday in a country that has long served as Donald Trump’s political whipping boy. Increasingly, there are indications Mexico is willing to whip back. After quietly, calmly working with Trump, the centrist governing party has declared a red line: if the president starts to withdraw …

It was Canada’s big prize: Is Chapter 19 still worth fighting for in new NAFTA?

WASHINGTON — It was Canada’s ultimate prize in the original free-trade deal with the U.S.: a third-party arbitration system to judge whether punitive duties were being applied unfairly. On the final night of negotiations, after a tense phone call involving Brian Mulroney, Canada got what it wanted. It had been a high priority back then …

NAFTA: ‘Great deal of negotiation’ still required after Round 1 of talks ends

WASHINGTON — North American countries concluded their first round of negotiations toward a new continental trade agreement Sunday with a statement that suggested major issues needed to be sorted out in the talks ahead. A joint statement from the three countries couldn’t even agree what to call this process: A “modernization,” which implies simple changes …

The Trump Unit: Inside Canada’s PMO squad to save NAFTA

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump deploys the big bomb during upcoming NAFTA negotiations, and threatens to blow up the continental trade agreement, a unit within the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be assigned to try disarming it. The Canadian government has created an election-style nerve centre to handle White House-related challenges and officials …