USMCA Ratification Delayed in Canada

USMCA Ratification Delayed in Canada

USMCA Ratification Delayed in Canada

Washington Examiner, February 14, 2020

Legislative bodies in the US and Mexico have already ratified the US, Mexico and Canada agreement on trade (“USMCA”), which the three countries negotiated last year to replace the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But approval by the Canadian Parliament remains mired in committee and may not be passed until April. At issue is language over labor rights and domestic content regarding steel and aluminum. Attempts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track approval of the agreement were blunted by losses by Trudeau’s Liberal Party in last October’s election. The new government still expects Parliament “to swiftly ratify the new NAFTA in the interest of our economy,” according to a statement by Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister.

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