Canada’s foreign minister said she agreed with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desire to update the deal’s language to make prescription drugs and increase protection for unions. However, Freeland said reopening the deal could be a “Pandora’s box.” (Globe and Mail)
Talking point: U.S. Democrats, who have a majority of seats in the House of Representatives—which will need to approve the deal—have repeatedly said they will not support the USMCA as currently agreed to. On Thursday, Freeland said Canada might refuse to ratify the deal if tariffs on aluminum and steel remain in place, echoing a similar threat she made last week. Some Republican lawmakers have pressured U.S. President Donald Trump to lift the tariffs, but he has so far refused to do so. Both countries are running short on time to ratify the deal prior to Canadian federal elections in 2019 and U.S. presidential elections in 2020.