[2 December/NZ Herald]

US President, Donald Trump, used the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to sign a revised North American trade pact with Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto, the leaders of Canada and Mexico.  President Trump declared the deal, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a major victory for workers. But tensions over tariffs, looming layoffs by General Motors and the pact’s prospects in Congress clouded the celebratory moment. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement is meant to replace the 24-year-old NAFTA, but each country’s legislature still must approve it which could prove a difficult task in the United States, as the Democrats will control the House from January. Democrats and their allies in the labour movement are already demanding changes. Within hours of the signing, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the deal must have stronger labour and environmental protections in order to get majority support in Congress. Most companies are just relieved that it allows most products to travel between the United States, Canada and Mexico duty free. The new agreement also gives US dairy farmers greater access to the protected Canadian market.