While NAFTA is a matter of trade, not immigration, Cameron believes it has followed the agreement`s 25-year history. The idea of a trade agreement actually goes back to the administration of Ronald Reagan. During his tenure as president, Reagan made an election campaign promise to open up trade in North America by signing the Trade and Tariff Act in 1984, which gave the president more negotiations on trade deals without problems. Four years later, Reagan and the Canadian Prime Minister signed the Canada-Americans. Free trade agreement. When George H.W. Bush became president, he began negotiating with Mexican President Salinas to conclude a trade agreement between Mexico and the United States. The trade agreement was part of President Bush`s three-part Enterprise for the Americas Initiative, which also included debt relief programs. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Mexican President Carlos Salinas and U.S.

President George H.W. Bush, came into force on January 1, 1994. NAFTA has created economic growth and a rising standard of living for the people of the three member countries. By strengthening trade and investment rules and procedures across the continent, Nafta has proven to be a solid foundation for building Canada`s prosperity. NAFTA replaced Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). Negotiations on CUFTA began in 1986 and the agreement entered into force on 1 January 1989. The two nations agreed on a landmark agreement that put Canada and the United States at the forefront of trade liberalization. For more information, visit the Canada-U.S.

Free Trade Agreement information page. Let`s look to the future. President Clinton should take advantage of the free trade dynamics given to him by the conservatives and reaffirm his support for free trade agreements with other Latin American countries, namely Chile, Argentina and Venezuela. He wisely expressed support for George Bush`s vision of a company for America to create a free trade area from Alaska to Antarctica. Latin America is the fastest growing market for the United States and the only region where America has a trade surplus. Every Latin American leader, from Carlos Menem in Argentina to Patricio Aylwin in Chile, has spoken out in favour of free trade with the United States. The Clinton administration is expected to begin negotiations on free trade agreements with them. President Trump was a strong advocate of renegotiating or abolishing the treaty, saying the agreement was unfair to the United States. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, called it “a continuation of other disastrous trade agreements such as NAFTA, CAFTA and normal, long-term trade relations with China.”