Liberals will introduce bill to ratify new NAFTA next week: Trudeau
|globalnews.ca 21 Jan 2020 at 10:36|
The Liberals will kick start the process of ratifying the new NAFTA trade deal when the House of Commons returns next week.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke in a press conference from Winnipeg, Man., where the Liberal cabinet has been meeting over recent days.
He said a ways and means motion — a needed first-step for fiscal bills — will be introduced on Monday while the bill to ratify the deal will come on Wednesday.
“Passing the new NAFTA is our priority,” said Trudeau.
“There are too many businesses relying on access to the U.S. market … it’s extremely important that we move forward with ratification and it’s our intention to move forward with this.”
After U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to rip up NAFTA in 2016, the three member countries to the free trade deal began talks to renegotiate it in August 2017. A little more than one year later, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. reached a new deal in September 2018.