Free trade in the age of Trump: Can Canada save the crumbling WTO?

Canada will step back into a familiar role this week when it kick starts a 13-nation mission in Ottawa to help bridge the bitter impasse threatening to sink the beleaguered World Trade Organization.

In the unwieldy 164-member club of the WTO, where solutions to larger problems often begin life in smaller, informal gatherings, Canada has frequently played the part of an influential middle power pushing for compromise.

The question now, given U.S. President Donald Trump’s clear contempt for...

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