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U.S.-Canada Nafta Fight Set to Run Past Its Latest Deadline

  • Trade deal ‘meaningless’ without curbs, Trudeau’s envoy says
  • Canadian ambassador also sees dispute mechanism as red line
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Canada is signaling that this week’s Nafta deadline could come and go without a deal -- with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau citing a “range of paths” forward while his U.S. envoy digs in on two issues.

Trudeau and David MacNaughton, the ambassador to Washington, each addressed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate appearances on Wednesday, striking upbeat tones without giving any indication of a frenzied push to reach an agreement. The U.S. is planning to publish the text of its deal with Mexico on Friday, three people familiar with the matter said. Trudeau, however, downplayed the urgency of that deadline.