New NAFTA inches closer as Freeland meets with counterparts in Mexico

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The new North American Free Trade Agreement is inching closer to coming into effect.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Mexico City for a Tuesday meeting with her American and Mexican counterparts to push the revised document across the finish line.

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Ottawa revealed Freeland’s itinerary late Monday following a day of furious speculation about the state of the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal and concerns from Canada’s aluminum sector about what the agreement could mean for the industry and workers.

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (CUSMA) was signed by the three countries last year, but the deal has only been ratified by Mexico.

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US. ratification has been stalled for months as congressional Democrats and organized labour push Mexico on labour rights as well as the agreement’s treatment of steel and aluminum.

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The Canadian government has said it is waiting to ratify the agreement at the same time as the United States.

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