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Arthur I. Cyr: U.S., Mexico and Canada reconfirm free trade

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s alter ego and fictional hero Sherlock Holmes greatly raised the prestige of previously lowly detective stories. Sherlock, like Shakespeare, had acute insight. One of Holmes’ most brilliant inductions concerned evidence which was not present. In “The Silver Blaze,” a dog’s failure to bark in the night pointed to the guilty party.

Media attention regarding international trade focuses on the complicated, tense and high-stakes economic and wider political conflicts with China. In Washington, the ongoing developments regarding presidential impeachment preoccupy attention.

Meanwhile, the United States Congress comparatively quietly has updated the historic North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement - USMCA - was passed in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 16 by 89 to 10, an overwhelming victory for supporters and a notable example of bipartisan cooperation in the midst of often rancorous partisanship. Last month, the House of........

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