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Q2 Rewind: 25 years ago, Montanans were anxious NAFTA would hurt workers, wheat growers

BILLINGS – The North American Free Trade Agreement would have turned 25 years old this fall, had it not been recently re-tooled by President Donald Trump into the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

As drafts of the agreement worked their way toward President Bill Clinton’s desk in 1993, Montanans voiced concerns about the potential effect on wheat growers and workers.

Farmers wondered what would happen to their bottom line when they had to compete with Canadian wheat, and union members fear their jobs would get shipped to Mexico.

Watch this week’s Q2 Rewind above to get a sense for how those concerns played out 25 years ago, and what Montana’s congressional delegation had to say about the new agreement.

Stan Parker

Stan Parker

Stan Parker is KTVQ's archives producer, responsible for dusting off our collection of vintage news footage for Q2 Rewind and other stories that benefit from the record of history.
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