Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the ratification of the United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a telephone conversation. This was announced on Tuesday by the press service of the head of the Canadian government.
“The prime minister and speaker discussed the ongoing efforts [to take effect] of the new North American trade agreement and welcomed the ongoing work to ratify it,” the document says. The press service added that Trudeau and Pelosi agreed on the importance of continuing to strengthen relations between Canada and the United States for the sake of “prosperity of citizens on both sides of the border.”
In addition, Trudeau expressed his condolences over the fire on a pleasure craft in California, which killed 34 people.
In September 2018, Canada, the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on a new trade agreement, which will replace the obsolete North American Free Trade Area Agreement (NAFTA). On May 29, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the USMCA ratification bill in the country’s parliament, and on May 30, the US presidential administration sent a draft declaration on a new trade agreement to Congress, which is the first step necessary to ratify this agreement.