NAFTA: A Decade of Failure

Most of the debate about NAFTA has focused on the movement of plants to Mexico and the direct loss of American jobs as Mexican laborers earning less than $2 an hour are used to replace American workers making six or eight times as much, plus health and pension benefits. Though there are trade disputes with Canada regarding specific industries, America's partnership to the north does not spark the same kind of fundamental concern. Income, living conditions and the rule of law are similar in Canada to U.S. standards, which puts trade on a more level playing field.