Time running out to reach NAFTA deal, senior GOP congressman says in warning to Canada

Ever since the U.S. struck a surprise, wide-ranging trade deal solely with Mexico last month, defenders of Canadian negotiating tactics have argued there was little to worry about.

After all, they reasoned, Congress would never approve a bilateral NAFTA update that left out its northern neighbour.

But that security blanket seemed rather more threadbare Tuesday after a leading House Republican warned there was “growing frustration” in Congress over Canada’s stubbornness, and urged it to make the concessions needed for a “fair” agreement.