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Downe wants Parliament to have power to amend new NAFTA, Liberals pledge to share objectives of future trade talks with House

By Neil Moss      

'The precedent has been set,' says Senator Percy Downe of Parliamentarians being able to modify trade agreements, following changes made to the new NAFTA by U.S. House Democrats.

NDP MP Daniel Blaikie, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, have agreed on changes to the way trade bills will be tabled in the House of Commons, while CSG Senator Percy Downe is calling for the ability to add amendments to the new NATFA. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and photograph courtesy of Jean-Marc Carisse

The power of American lawmakers to modify trade agreements has inspired their Canadian counterparts to look for more of their own influence over the trade negotiation process, say some parliamentarians.

Neil Moss

Neil Moss is a reporter at The Hill Times covering federal politics, foreign policy, and defence. 
- nmoss@hilltimes.com


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