While the Mueller report was making its rounds, just before Easter break, another critical report was released: the U.S. International Trade Commission report on the new NAFTA—otherwise known as the Canada United States Mexico Agreement. The report is an essential part of the U.S. Congress fast track process which permits U.S. Congress to vote for the deal without adding amendments.
The report showed absolutely tiny gains—less than one percent—for the U.S. economy. With 35/100 percent GDP growth over five years.
While U.S. President Trump lauded the agreement’s huge gains, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said this showed that the agreement was a “classic win-win outcome”, U.S. progressives remained unconvinced.
Lori Wallach from the consumer rights group Public Citizen called the gains minimal.