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Free Trade Agreement comes into effect

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At the stroke of midnight the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement goes into full effect. A small group of about 15 protesters gather in Ottawa to mark the "sellout of Canada." But beyond that there isn't much fanfare or protest marking this New Year's Day. The biggest trade deal of its kind calls for tariffs on goods shipped between Canada and the U.S. to be phased out over a 10-year period.

Medium: Television
Program: Sunday Report
Broadcast Date: Jan. 1, 1989
Guests: Jean Chagnon, Jean Paul Gagnon, John Lennox, Rena Liebowitz, Alan Rugman
Reporter: Marina Mirabella
Duration: 3:21

Did You know?


• Almost immediately following the implementation of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. announced it was negotiating a similar free trade deal with Mexico. Brian Mulroney, fearing such a deal would jeopardize the FTA asked to be included in the negotiations. Despite massive public outcry, on Jan. 1, 1994 the FTA was expanded and incorporated into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


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