Contact the import specialist Team at your centre of expertise assigned to www.cbp.gov/trade/centers-excellence-and-expertise-information/cee-directory This was also the first Canadian election that used a lot of negative publicity; Anti-free trade advertising showed that negotiators were “moving away” from the free trade agreement, which turned out to be the Canada-U.S. border at the end of advertising. Although some opinion polls showed that there were slightly more Canadians against the deal than for him, the Mulroney Progressive Conservatives took advantage of being the only party in favour of the deal, while the Liberals and the NDP divided the vote on free trade. In addition, future Quebec premiers Jacques Parizeau and Bernard Landry supported the agreement, which was seen as a factor in supporting the PC party in Quebec.  Mulroney won a government majority and the agreement was introduced into law, even though a majority of voters had voted for parties opposed to free trade.   From 1935 to 1980, the two nations concluded a series of bilateral trade agreements that sharply reduced tariffs in both countries.  The most important of these agreements was the 1960s automotive trade agreement (also known as the auto pact).   Others feared that free trade would have negative effects because they feared capital flight and job insecurity as a result of international relocations, and that closer economic relations with the southern giant risked an erosion of Canadian sovereignty. Opponents included Mel Watkins of the University of Toronto and David Crane of the Toronto Star, one of Canada`s leading newspapers.
The main provisions of NAFTA required a gradual reduction in tariffs, tariffs and other trade barriers between the three Member States, with some tariffs to be abolished immediately and others over a 15-year period. The agreement guaranteed duty-free access for a wide range of industrial products and goods traded between the signatories. “Domestic goods” have been granted to products imported from other NAFTA countries and prohibit all governments, local or provincial, from imposing taxes or tariffs on these products.