So US and Canadian negotiators have reached a so-called last-minute trade deal meant to overhaul the current NAFTA. After months of gut-wrenching, politically-rife, in-your-face talks, both sides have reached a drop-dead point where they are ready to take 100 pages of mutually agreed points to their respective legislatures for ratification. Without having read any of the fine details in the new version, I, nevertheless, have a limited list of perceived benefits that might directly impact my future. One, if NAFTA is remade, I no longer have to wonder where this news story is going. In the weekly news cycle, over the past year, it has consumed a good deal of attention with banner headlines predicting dire outcomes. Now that is over because all signs seemingly point to trade as usual. Some American pundits are scratching their heads today as to what Trump actually got for all His efforts other than dragging Canadians through protracted talks resulting in nothing more than limited breakthroughs. Having said that, as a consumer, I potentially stand to gain greater access to American products such as cheese and milk, especially the Wisconsin brands. Hopefully, this new competition will result in better cheese at lower prices. Then there is the prospect of a stronger dollar that allows me buy more of American dairy since I regularly visit the country. As for Chapter 11 and 19 content and dispute regulations, I feel that Trudeau and Freeland may have protected my right to still feel Canadian by standing up to the American elephant and its strident demands for greater access to our markets. Our car industry remains intact while our steel and aluminum industries could be receiving a roll-back of tariffs after the midterms. There has to be a collective sigh of relief, except in rural Quebec, that the showdown over nothing has been avoided and Canadians can carry on dealing with other infinitely bigger problems like personal debt.