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1988: Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement signed

The Story


Free trade has survived its next hurdle. The formality of the signing of the agreement is marked with little fanfare. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has quietly put his signature on the final text.  Protesters all across Canada vow to fight to scrap the deal. 

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: Jan. 2, 1988
Guests: Bernie Berggraf, Shirley Carr, Gary Parent
Host: Barbara Smith
Reporter: Jane Chalmers
Duration: 2:15

Did You know?


• Liberal leader John Turner and Ed Broadbent, the leader of the New Democratic Party, were vehemently opposed to free trade.
• Former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was an outspoken critic of free trade.
• Ontario premier David Peterson was a free trade foe.
• Alberta premier Don Getty and Robert Bourassa, premier of Quebec, were strong backers of free trade.


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