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Team Trudeau’s precarious friendship with Jared Kushner

ADAM RADWANSKI

It was laugh-out-loud funny, Donald Trump’s apparent credulousness at the way NAFTA renegotiations unofficially began a few weeks ago.

But the straight-out-of-Veep sequence of events – the U.S. President threatening to tear up the agreement altogether, his own administration helping orchestrate calls from his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to persuade him otherwise, the President then promptly climbing down while obliviously explaining the remarkable coincidence of those two calls happening almost simultaneously – was less amusing to those directly involved.

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White House chaos has weakened Trump’s NAFTA hand

CAMPBELL CLARK

It’s here: that moment when Donald Trump formally tells the Congress he is going to renegotiate the North American free-trade agreement.

It is a panic-inducing moment for many in Canadian business, for workers in cross-border industries such as the auto sector and for Liberal politicians in Ottawa, who have to fear that the decades-old trade-rules platform that supports 75 per cent of Canadian exports is about to burn. It’s a blast of unsettling chaos.

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Inside Kevin O’Leary’s last day as a Conservative leadership candidate

LAURA STONE

At 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Kevin O’Leary was already on the road to Hamilton, Ont., in a black rental Chrysler sedan driven by one of his young campaign staffers. “We have to scrimp and save,” Mr. O’Leary said dryly, as he buckled himself into the front seat.

The would-be leader of the Conservative Party of Canada had a busy day ahead of him: an early morning meet-and-greet with supporters, a luncheon with the Spadina-Fort York Conservative Association, a fundraiser at the private Albany Club in Toronto, and of course, the final leadership debate. Plus, the celebrity investor was taking business calls on the side, answering questions about the European markets from the highway.

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Why Trump is tweeting about lumber and dairy instead of tweaking NAFTA

CAMPBELL CLARK

The difference now is that Donald Trump is tweeting. Those softwood lumber tariffs would have been imposed under any president, and there’d be a dairy spat too. The unique feature now is that the U.S. President is targeting Canada by name.

For months, Canadian government officials and business leaders comforted themselves with the notion that, even though Mr. Trump was threatening to tear up the North American free-trade agreement and impose protectionist measures that could sideswipe Canada, he was targeting Mexico, or China. Not us.

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