Canada begins process to ratify new NAFTA: report

Canada begins process to ratify new NAFTA: report

Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauEU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' Trudeau rips Trump over attacks on Democratic lawmakers: 'That is not how we do things in Canada' Sarah Sanders hits Ocasio-Cortez over criticism of Ivanka Trump's G-20 appearance MORE on Monday notified the country's lawmakers he intends to bring forward legislation to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, Bloomberg News reported.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a “ways and means” motion in the House of Commons, the first step to getting the deal approved by Parliament.

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Trudeau said last week that he was eager to complete a deal, according to Bloomberg.

Vice President Pence is scheduled to meet with Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday to discuss advancing the agreement.

The U.S. earlier this month reached a deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing a significant roadblock to domestic approval of the USMCA. Canadian and Mexican officials have now indicated they will ratify the agreement.

Congressional Democrats, however, have said involved parties must tighten labor and environmental standards before passage in the U.S.