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1. An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to illustrate a news item. What recent news item is Lisa Benson illustrating in this cartoon?

2. What idiom does the cartoonist illustrate in this cartoon? What does this idiom mean?

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Cartoon by Lisa Benson


1. The Trump administration ended NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) between the U.S. Mexico and Canada). The U.S. negotiated a new trade deal that will be fair and reciprocal with Mexico in August and gave Canada a deadline of September 30th to join in or be left out. Canada finally agreed to a deal on September 30th at the last possible minute. The new trade deal is named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

2. Lisa Benson illustrates the idiom to be “on board” or “to get on board.”
To “get on board” or “be on board” means you agree with a course of action or opinion; Joining in or participating; Agreeing or supporting
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got on board with the new trade deal at the last possible minute.