Now might be our last chance to make critical improvements to the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before we’re all locked in to its undemocratic and corporate-friendly rules – potentially for decades.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Ottawa on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and at the top of the list for discussion is the swift ratification of the deal.
The rush is on because Parliament is scheduled to break for summer recess in just four weeks. That gives the House of Commons and the Senate little time to study the impacts of the deal and vote.
The latest word is the Liberals intend to push the new NAFTA legislation through second reading and have it sent to committee as early as this Thursday!
In the U.S., President Trump and his administration are facing a similar short window of time to get the deal ratified. And standing in their way is increasing pressure from progressive Democrats who want significant improvements in key areas before they will agree to support it.