Yesterday, the Liberal government, in a surprise move, tabled the new NAFTA, or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, for first reading in the House of Commons.
With only a few hours’ notice, the proposed agreement pushed its way onto the House agenda. Many of us were alerted to it only by a Reuters story that ran a few hours earlier. Today, Mexico also said it would ratify the agreement in a special session before September.
With U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visiting Ottawa to promote the agreement, and with a federal election set for October, it is obvious that not only will the agreement move “full steam ahead,” in the words of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, but that there will be virtually no public debate on it.