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The Wall Street Journal: Canada may tie its approval of trade deal to removal of Trump’s tariffs

Canada’s foreign minister indicated Monday the government might delay ratification of the revised North American free-trade deal until the Trump administration lifts its tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum.

The remarks in Washington by Chrystia Freeland, the Liberal government’s lead official on the renegotiated North American Free-Trade Agreement, now called the USMCA, suggest the metals tariffs pose yet another roadblock toward implementation of the deal, which was finalized in the fall.

“The existence of these tariffs for many Canadians raises some serious questions about ratification,” said Freeland, in Washington to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and members of Congress.

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