Canada to Approve New Trade Deal Next Week

Elias Hubbard
January 22, 2020

"Canadians at our best, in hard times, are there for each other", Trudeau said Tuesday in Winnipeg after wrapping up a three-day meeting of his federal cabinet.

"There are too many businesses relying on access to the USA market ... it's extremely important that we move forward with ratification and it's our intention to move forward with this".

"Passing the new NAFTA is our priority", said Trudeau.

Speaking in Winnipeg as the three-day Liberal cabinet retreat was wrapping up, Trudeau said the government will introduce a motion next Monday when Parliament resumes sitting and table the legislation next Wednesday.

Last week, the Republican-led U.S. Senate passed its so-called implementation bill of the new U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Legislation to ban military-style assault rifles will also be high on the agenda for the first extended sitting of Parliament since the October 21 election reduced Trudeau's Liberals to a minority.

Trump made the renegotiation of NAFTA a key element of his 2016 presidential election campaign, calling it the "worst trade deal ever made".

Canada will move swiftly next week to formally approve North America's new, long-delayed free trade pact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. "Now it's Canada's turn", Freeland said.

"I don't think anybody has any intention of dragging anything out".

Although that renegotiated deal was signed later that year, ratifying it has been a lengthy process. The bill died when the elections were mentioned.

"I think the prohibition of assault-style guns is an important step that might be achieved in the short term", he said.

"What we are doing is reminding everyone in the House and across the country of how important it is to secure the most important trading relationship for future generations".

Blair said some of the discussions about the coming budget will be about how much money is available for community and child programs aimed at preventing gun violence.

He noted that many municipalities went through "a very hard summer" a year ago with a spate of shootings, and indicated that he's hopeful new investments will be made before next summer.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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