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Introduction         The North American Free Trade Agreement (NATFA) introduced a new way of approaching international trade. Through the intervention of eliminating barriers to trade, the United States, Canada, and Mexico open up their domestic markets to increased economic prosperity. This book will cover the economies of the United States, Canada, and Mexico before and after NAFTA, the agreements with its controversy, and the other trade agreements that resulted after the NAFTA with the three countries involves and also trade agreements throughout the rest of the world.

Canada: Pre-NAFTA Canada is a free-market economy ranging from small owner-operated enterprises to multinational corporations. Historically, their economic development was based on the export of agricultural staples (grain) and the export of natural resources (minerals, oil, gas, forest). Its secondary industry has now evolved to place Canada as one of the top ten manufacturing nations in the world. The breakdown of the economic activity is the country is: 77% manufacturing activity is Ontario and Quebec, the financial institutions and business sectors are concentrated in central Canada, and the eastern and western parts of Canada are more dependent on the primary industries such as fishing, foresting, and mining.

English and French are the official languages of Canada. Depending on the province or territory or territory, the average person starts school from the anywhere from 5.6 to 7 years old and the minimum age to leave school varies between 15 and 16 years old. The standard of living in Canada is among the highest in the world.

There government is made up of a parliament democracy with a constitutional monarchy. It is a federal state is fully responsible for its own constitution and any further constitutional changes. Canada is made up of ten provinces and two territories with the federal capital located in Ottawa, Ontario. The federal...