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Morneau hopes new NAFTA deal signed next week, stresses tariff fight is separate

OTTAWA — Canada could sign a new North American free-trade deal even with stinging U.S. tariffs on Canadian goods still in force, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday, with just over a week to go before a key deadline for the agreement.

Morneau made the remark Thursday in a speech as he was talking about concerns he has been hearing from the business community about trade.