“Road safety or environmental standards will not be reduced under a free trade agreement with the United States or another country,” she said. The CHALLENGE OF THE WTO has posed a major problem for the Canadian government in two respects. On the one hand, the act of arrest had become a national symbol for Canadians. The WTO complaint created a public relations problem for Ottawa officials who had stressed the value of the WTO to the country, without explicitly acknowledging its potential effects. Second, the government has been under strong pressure from national stakeholders who have benefited from the agreement. The way in which the act of arrest was implemented gave a competitive advantage to some of the country`s major employers. The big three had a real economic interest in maintaining the status quo, as it gave them a considerable advantage over their Japanese and European competitors. Canada appealed the finding of the most disabling clause, but did not appeal the findings on national treatment. . .