Clinton signed it on December 8, 1993; the Agreement entered into force on 1 January 1994.   At the signing ceremony, Clinton honored four people for their efforts to reach this historic trade deal: Vice President Al Gore, Council of Economic Advisers Laura Tyson, National Economic Council Director Robert Rubin, and Republican Congressman David Dreier.  Clinton also stated that «NAFTA means jobs. American jobs and well-paying American jobs. If I did not believe in it, I would not support this agreement.  NAFTA replaced the previous Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the United States. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Mexican President Carlos Salinas and U.S. President George H.W. Bush, entered into force on January 1, 1994. NAFTA has created economic growth and raised the standard of living of the people of the three member countries. By strengthening trade and investment rules and procedures across the continent, NAFTA has proven to be a solid foundation for building Canadian prosperity. NAFTA replaced Canada-U.S.
Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). Negotiations on the EPCA began in 1986 and the Agreement entered into force on 1 January 1989. The two countries have agreed on a historic agreement that puts Canada and the United States at the forefront of trade liberalization. More information can be found on the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement information page. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA; Spanish: Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, TLCAN; The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico and the United States that created a trilateral trading bloc in North America. The agreement entered into force on January 1, 1994 and replaced the 1988 Canada-U.S. Canada-Canada Free Trade Agreement.
 The NAFTA trade bloc formed one of the largest trading blocs in the world in terms of gross domestic product. The momentum for a North American free trade area began with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who incorporated the idea into his campaign when he announced his candidacy for president in November 1979.  Canada and the United States signed the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement in 1988, and shortly thereafter, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari decided to address U.S. President George H. W. Bush to propose a similar agreement to attract foreign investment after the Latin American debt crisis.  When the two leaders began negotiations, the Canadian government led by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was concerned that the benefits That Canada had derived from the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement would be undermined by a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico and asked to participate in the U.S.-Mexico talks.
 According to a 2013 article by Jeff Faux by the Economic Policy Institute, California, Texas, Michigan and other states with a high concentration of manufacturing jobs have been the most affected by NAFTA job losses.  According to a 2011 article by EPI economist Robert Scott, about 682,900 U.S. jobs were «lost or displaced» as a result of the trade deal.  Recent studies were consistent with Congressional Research Service reports that NAFTA had only a modest impact on manufacturing employment and that automation accounted for 87% of manufacturing job losses.  In Britain, free trade became a central principle with the repeal of the corn laws in 1846. The large-scale unrest was sponsored by the Anti-Corn Law League. Under the Treaty of Nanjing in 1843, China opened five treaty ports to global trade. The first free trade agreement, the Cobden-Chevalier Treaty, was concluded in 1860 between Great Britain and France, resulting in successive agreements between other European countries.
 In 1990, then-Mexican President Carlos Salinas began talks with the United States to join the North American Free Trade Area. As a result, Reagan`s successor, President George Bush, began negotiations in 1991 on a North American trade agreement that would bring together the United States, Mexico and Canada. The passage of NAFTA led to the elimination or elimination of barriers to trade and investment between the United States, Canada and Mexico. The impact of the agreement on issues such as employment, the environment and economic growth has been the subject of political debate. Most economic analyses have shown that NAFTA is beneficial to North American economies and the average citizen, but harms a small minority of workers in industries exposed to commercial competition.   Economists believed that withdrawing from NAFTA or renegotiating NAFTA in a way that restored barriers to trade would have had a negative impact on the United States. Savings and costs jobs.    However, Mexico would have been much more affected by job losses and declining economic growth, both in the short and long term.  Some opponents of free trade support the theory of free trade, but reject free trade agreements in their applied form […].