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The new Liberal government’s desire to reset North American relations will be on view when foreign ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet in Quebec City this Friday. But a major Canadian think tank has some unconventional advice for Ottawa: Put Mexico first.

That doesn’t mean the U.S. isn’t Canada’s biggest, most important partner – but there’s more to be gained in revamping relations with Mexico right now, when the U.S. President is in the last year of his mandate.

“Let’s get the sequence right,” said Fen Hampson, director of the Global Security and Politics program at...

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