The US-Canadian free trade deal (FTC) is about to enter the final stages of its ratification process.
And as of today, a major issue in the process is that it has become clear that the US and Canada’s respective governments have been actively trying to exclude the public from the process.
The two countries have already been at loggerheads over how best to enforce the deal.
The USTR and Canada have been working on the agreement since March when they launched the process for its ratification, which will now be completed in late June.
But this week, the Trump administration sent a letter to the USTR requesting that it “suspend” the ratification process until the government is satisfied that the TPP is “harmoniously” enforced.
It’s not clear what the government expects the US to accomplish with the new suspension, but the Trump-Canadian letter is likely to be a step in the wrong direction.
It appears that the administration is not in favour of a fair and open process, and it seems to be attempting to force the government to choose between enforcing the TPP and its own domestic laws.
If the administration really wants to enforce this agreement, it should consider what it can do with its power to veto, and what it should do with the power to regulate the trade in goods.
In fact, it might even be in its interests to start working with the US on an agreement that’s better for both sides.