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Canada Deputy Prime Minister Freeland en route to Mexico to discuss CUSMA: source

02:30  10 december  2019
02:30  10 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday that Canada respects Mexico and the U.S. domestic ratification process, and said she's also seen a mutual respect between the Democrats and trade representative Robert Lighthizer on the work being done on CUSMA .

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday that Canada respects Mexico and the U.S. domestic ratification process, and said she's also seen a mutual respect between the Democrats and trade representative Robert Lighthizer on the work being done on CUSMA .

Chrystia Freeland wearing a black shirt: Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.© Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is on her way to Mexico Monday evening for meetings related to the Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade deal, Global News has learned.

Last week, Freeland had said she has been working closely with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s deputy foreign minister in a bid to find a solution.

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On Monday, she departed for Mexico, for meetings with Lighthizer and Mexican officials on CUSMA.

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said following a trilateral meeting with the U.S. and Mexico that discussions were still ongoing over CUSMA , but said Canada believes ratification by all three countries would be a "positive step" for the "entire continent."

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said following a trilateral meeting with the U.S. and Mexico that discussions were still ongoing over CUSMA , but said Canada believes ratification by all three countries would be a "positive step" for the "entire continent."

This news comes the same day that U.S. House Democrats reached a tentative agreement with labour leaders and the White House, according to The Associated Press, who cited an anonymous Democratic aide.

“I’m hearing very good things, including from unions and others that it’s looking good. I hope they put it up to a vote, and if they put it up to a vote, it’s going to pass,” Trump said earlier Monday.

“I’m hearing a lot of strides have been made over the last 24 hours, with unions and others.”

READ MORE: Freeland says it will be a ‘tough challenge’ to get U.S. to ratify CUSMA

When asked for updates on whether NAFTA would be ratified immediately on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that the government is hard at work on the issue.

“We continue to be working hard and hopefully we’ll get to ratification soon,” he said Monday.

CUSMA was signed in November last year, but formal approval by the U.S. was held up by Democratic lawmakers who urged the Trump administration for changes.

The agreement would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers involving the three countries.

With files by The Associated Press, Reuters

Chrystia Freeland is now the minister for almost everything .
Justin Trudeau continues to task his government with doing a great many things. And he has now assigned a great deal of responsibility for getting things done to Chrystia Freeland. Sometime after the prime minister issued mandate letters to his ministers in 2015 — the first time those official letters of assignment had been made public — officials in the Privy Council Office sat down to tally up a cumulative to-do list. In all, they counted 364 commitments, roughly in line with the 353 campaign promises the Liberals had made.That is, by any standard, a lot.

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