Canadians: 'Our Government Sold Us Out' Over Trade Deal
USAgNet - 10/08/2018
With major concessions from Canada on dairy, some Ontario critics say they're concerned about what NAFTA's proposed replacement means for the industry. CBC News reports that the provisional deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has plunged some Canadian dairy farmers into uncertainty, with some now concerned that they might not be able to survive.
The new deal would give U.S. farmers greater access to Canada's dairy industry, worth about 3.6 percent of Canada's current dairy market, according to the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
"We recognize the symbolism of the gesture of Prime Minister Trudeau, in offering to meet with our industry to hear our concerns firsthand. However, the absence of details on measures to mitigate the impact of the concessions made within the USMCA, as well
as the absence of a vision for the future of our industry at this time, cannot appease the concerns of the dairy farmers."
Ontario's Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman told CBC News that consultations will be made with the province's agriculture community to determine the cost associated with the new deal. He said he plans to ensure the federal government foots the bill.