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Canada ratified new NAFTA, says U.S. should supply medical products

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 3, 2020
The Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, issued a statement on Canada’s ratification of the new NAFTA.
Chrystia Freeland
Deputy Prime Minister   Chrystia Freeland
“Canada has now notified the United States and Mexico that we have completed our domestic ratification process of the new NAFTA.

Topics: Canada NAFTA U.S.

This is an important step towards implementing this essential trade agreement.

“The Canadian government will continue to work with the United States and Mexican governments to determine an ‘entry into force’ date that is mutually beneficial.

We want to ensure the new NAFTA will support a strong economic recovery once we have put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us – which we will.

“The new NAFTA is good for Canadians, in every region and in every sector of our economy.

It is good for workers, families, entrepreneurs, and businesses.

It supports the prosperity of communities across our country.

“Throughout the negotiations, we consulted with the provinces and territories.

“We engaged with Canadians from all walks of life, including labour organizations, Indigenous peoples, women, youth, and civil society at large to arrive at an agreement that works best for all of Canada.

“With this step, I am hopeful that the new NAFTA will enter into force later this year.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a news conference on Friday said that Canada is making very clear to U.S. that cross-border trade includes medical equipment and it would be a mistake to limit that trade.

Canada is confident it will continue to receive the necessary supply of medical equipment.

Canada has had direct communication with opec, and is also talking with the U.S.