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Bill to ratify new North American trade deal coming in short order: Trudeau

Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, second left, acknowledges the applause as Mexico's top trade negotiator Jesus Seade, right, Mexico's Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera, second right, and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, left, applaud after signing an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will move quickly to approve the updated North American free trade deal.

Trudeau says he has given his personal promise to U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador the Canadian ratification process will proceed as fast as possible.

The three countries put the final touches on the renewed continental trade pact in Mexico City this week but now the deal must be ratified in each country.

Trudeau says his government is looking at the parliamentary calendar to find a time to introduce the necessary legislation, but did not commit to it happening before the end of the year.

The House of Commons is only scheduled to sit until the end of this week and then not return until the end of January.

The minority Liberal government needs the support of at least one of the opposition parties to get the deal through Parliament.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 11, 2019.

The Canadian Press