The elimination of the Canada-U.S. Autopact agreement earlier this year, decried by the World Trade Organization as discriminatory, didn’t have anything to do with General Motors Corp.’s decision last week to close its Ste. Therese, Que., assembly plant and stop making its slow-selling Chevy Camaro/Pontiac Firebird, assures Canadian Auto Workers union President Buzz Hargrove. Labor coalitions fought to preserve the Autopact, an automotive trade policy established in 1965 that essentially ...

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