Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Popadiuk on the Conversation With Prime Minister Mulroney of Canada Concerning the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement


December 31, 1988


The President called Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at 9:18 a.m. P.s.t. to congratulate him on the historic achievement of the U.S.-Canada free trade agreement. The President noted that the agreement, which goes into effect January 1, will benefit both Canadians and Americans. ``Together,'' the President said, ``our governments have set an example for the world on how eliminating trade barriers can benefit all peoples.''


The President took the opportunity to wish the Prime Minister and Mrs. Mulroney a Happy New Year.