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Senate to decide on fate of tanker ban, Liberals leaving U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade bill until last minute

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The CUSMA trade deal bill was just introduced in the House, but Senators should already be familiar with the deal, says the deputy facilitator of the Independent Senators Group, Raymonde Saint-Germain.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during his visit to Ottawa on May 30. The two discussed the trade deal agreed to between the two countries and Mexico last fall. The Liberal government finally tabled a bill to implement the deal in the House last week, but has not yet begun to advance it through Parliament, with just three more sittings weeks scheduled for the House. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Several high-profile government bills are entering the final stretch of scrutiny by Senators this week, with a decision on whether or not to kill the controversial tanker ban bill, C-48, on the docket, and third reading debate on the government’s sweeping environmental impact assessment bill, C-69, expected to begin early this week.

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