Canada’s top diplomat in Texas, in many ways, has an easy sell when it comes to trade.

Vasken Khabayan, the nation’s consul general in Dallas, knows he can count on Gov. Greg Abbott as a big booster of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ditto for Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. And the same for so many other Texas lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

“Whether they are Democrat or Republican, I’ve heard all of them be supportive of NAFTA and trade,” he said.

But Canada is taking no chances as renegotiation talks over the massive trade deal between it, the U.S. and Mexico hit crunch time.

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Last modified: August 13, 2018