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Agricultural priorities before and after COVID-19

By Alistair MacGregor      

CUSMA passage is another hit to the dairy sector, writes NDP MP Alistair MacGregor.

President Donald J. Trump is joined by former-Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the USMCA signing ceremony Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Parliament ratified the deal less than two weeks ago, on March 13. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Parliament is now suspended until at least April 20 in the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, as parliamentarians do their part in social distancing. With the support of all parties, a motion was moved in the House on Friday, March 13, which moved certain legislative measures ahead with great rapidity. Among them was the passage at third reading of Bill C-4, An Act to Implement the Canada-United States-Mexico Trade Agreement (CUSMA). The bill moved to the Senate, where it was immediately passed at all stages without amendment and received royal assent by the Governor General later that day. With the bill’s passage, a few key things are now enshrined into law.

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