The Canadian government has indicated that it will join the US claim under the T-MEC on Mexico’s energy policies, for which it will request its own consultations.
“We agree with the United States that these policies are inconsistent with Mexico’s obligations under the USMCA,” Alice Hansen, spokeswoman for Canadian International Trade Minister Mary Ng, said. in a statement sent to Reuters.
“We join the United States in taking action by launching our own consultations under the USMCA to address these concerns, while supporting the United States in its challenge,” Hansen said.
The Canadian government’s decision comes after the United States submitted a petition on Wednesday on changes to Mexico’s energy policy promoted under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
“We have repeatedly expressed serious concerns about a number of changes to the energy policies of Mexico and its consistency with Mexico’s commitments under the T-MEC,” said the trade representative of the United States, Katherine Tai.
However, the Economy Department (SE) downplayed the action taken by the United States, stressing that this is the non-litigation stage of the general dispute settlement mechanism provided for in the trade agreement.
Along the same lines, President López Obrador argued that none of the reforms his government has carried out in the energy sector contravene the T-MEC.
“I sent a text, a request, to Jesús Seade, who was the one who represented us in the negotiation, and there I have the answer: there is no violation of the treaty”, he said. affirmed.
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