DAIMLER Chrysler Canada and Ford Canada have been trying to persuade the Canadian federal government to replace the now defunct 1965 Canada/United States auto pact with a system of assistance that would not be so open to a challenge at the World Trade Organisation.

Both auto-makers want Ottawa to adopt a system known as

"substitution drawback," and have been lobbying officials and politicians since February to push it through.

Under the proposed new system, all car manufacturers would receive a credit ...

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