Canada’s Freeland Urges Quick USMCA Approval

The anticipated U.S. signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Wednesday clears another hurdle towards implementation of the agreement. Following the signing ceremony, the U.S. and Mexico await approval by Canada, whose government is beginning the process this week.

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has introduced the motion in the nation’s House of Commons to consider the agreement.

Freeland asked Canadian lawmakers to “work together to put Canada and Canadians first, and get this important work done without undue delay.” Freeland noted during a press conference the trade agreement received bipartisan support in the U.S. in a “highly polarized” political climate.

USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. USMCA, welcomed by U.S. agriculture, protects critical markets for U.S. farmers, and provides an additional $2 billion in agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico, the top trading partners of the United States.