It appears Canada will not be ratifying the new NAFTA unless the U.S. gets rid of steel and aluminum tariffs. According to news reports, Transport Minister Marc Garneau told a National Governors Association audience in Washington Sunday that, unless the steel tariffs come off, it will be very hard to pass the new agreement before Parliament’s summer break.
Canada is not alone. an Associated Press report quoted U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley as saying, after a meeting with the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Martha Bárcena Coquilast, that Mexico also won’t ratify the deal until steel tariffs come off. He added that this is the position of congressional Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. as well.