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January 18, 2017

Despite President Trump’s threats to “tear up” NAFTA, he cannot unilaterally withdraw the US from the deal, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Art of Breaking the Deal: What President Trump Can and Can’t Do About NAFTA,” author Jon Johnson notes that Congress must concur because the president and Congress have joint authority over trade agreements. However the president has the power to frustrate Canada-US trade in other ways. 

Jon R. Johnson

A former partner of Goodmans LLP, Jon Johnson has had extensive experience with international trade law. He was a legal advisor in Canada’s Trade Negotiation Office respecting the automotive provisions of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and he advised Canada’s Office of the Trilateral Trade Negotiations during the negotiation of the NAFTA.