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Canada begins ratification of the T-MEC in Parliament

The Canadian administration started on Monday the formal process of ratification of the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) in Parliament.

Juan José Gómez Camacho, the Mexican amb assador to Canada, said that this step was taken with the notification of a motion to discuss the trade agreement in the legislative body.

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On January 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the ratification of the trade pact would be the first agenda of Parliament once it resumed its activities.

"We will make sure we move forward in the right way and that means ratifying this new NAFTA as quickly as possible," he said in Winnipeg.

The agreement was approved by the United States Senate this month. The House of Representatives of that country had endorsed it in December. In both cases, the T-MEC received an overwhelming majority.

The Mexican Senate ratified the agreement last December, after the signing of a modifying protocol in the National Palace.

Ratification in Canada will not be a simple process. Trudeau will need to get the support of at least one opposition party to pass the legislation and accelerate the debate, after losing his parliamentary majority in the October elections.

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