It only has four weeks to pass it
The House of Commons will get a bill this week to ratify the trade deal with the United States and Mexico, but it has only four weeks to rush it through.
And because the U.S. has not yet ratified the deal, and some politicians there are pushing for changes, the Canadian bill leaves some wiggle room for cabinet.
One example is the terms for medicinal drugs. Under the deal, pharmaceutical companies would be able to charge high prices for a longer time and some Democrats in the House of Representatives don’t like that. Nor do many Canadian politicians.
Meanwhile most trade has been happening as if the deal were fully in place.
On another trade front, negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union are progressing with agriculture off the table.
European farmers don’t want the U.S. to gain open access to their markets.