U.S. Chamber pushing late-November USMCA ratification, expects Canada on board

OTTAWA — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is mounting a new effort to push U.S. lawmakers to bring the new North American trade deal to the floor of Congress for final legal approval by the end of November.

A senior executive with the leading American business group said Tuesday he’s hopeful that Canada’s newly elected government then will also be able to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement somewhere around that time.

The USMCA is in ratification limbo in both the U.S. and Canada thanks to the impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump and the campaigning ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election here.

Mexico is the only country to have ratified the three-country agreement.

The new Canadian government — whether it’s Liberal or Conservative — would likely recall Parliament by mid-November.

Source: Edmonton Journal
2019-10-03T12:07:56-04:00 October 3rd, 2019|