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The Chamber of Commons of Canada has approved the free trade agreement with Ukraine

07 Feb, 2024
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The Chamber of Commons of Canada has approved the free trade agreement with Ukraine

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The House of Commons of Canada has passed a bill amending the free trade agreement with Ukraine, which President Volodymyr Zelensky signed during his visit to Ottawa last year.

This was reported by Global News.

Bill C-57, aimed at implementing the modernized Canadian-Ukrainian free trade agreement, was adopted by the House of Commons of Canada by a majority vote of 214 to 116. The document now needs to undergo a second round of consideration in the Senate of Canada.

The government bill passed without the support of the Conservatives, despite repeated calls from Ukrainian groups for them to change their position.

The Conservatives have repeatedly stated their support for Ukraine but oppose the bill because the updated agreement states that both countries are committed to carbon pricing.

Liberals are trying to capitalize on this position, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says this means that the Conservatives are against Ukraine.

Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng says the agreement will eventually enable Canadian companies to help Ukraine in economic reconstruction and post-war recovery.

Ukraine already has a carbon price in place and Canadian officials have said that language is non-binding.

The Odessa Journal

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