Dairy farms a bargaining chip in USMCA deal, Guelph farmer says

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Canada's dairy industry says the concessions show Canada is "willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a deal". We export somewhere around 30 percent of all USA production so exports are very very important for USA pork.

"The new trade deal will open doors and illuminate the tariffs so there will virtually be free trade between Canada, United States and Mexico, which is great", Martin said.

Bullard said the labeling system is deceptive to consumers who think they're purchasing a US -made product.

U.S. President Donald Trump had long criticized Canada's supply management system for undercutting American exports and hurting U.S. farmers.

Canada's unions say they will be reviewing the agreement more closely in the coming days and will continue to monitor ongoing discussions, as full details of the agreement have not yet been made public.

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"It's a great win for the president and a validation for his strategy in the area of global trade", a senior USA official told reporters.

But hard as it might be on the farmers, the deal is important for Canada's prosperity. "Dairy farmers across the country have faced challenges with those trade deals".

Collins has fought to end Canada's unfair Class 7 pricing program, which has severely impacted NY dairy farmers.

"Canada realizes that we're their number one trading partner, and so having this agreement was absolutely critical, I think, for the Canadian economy", Robertson says. It will allow more Canadian dairy, peanuts and peanut products, and a limited amount of sugar to cross the border, according to a document from US Trade Representative's Office.

Pierre Lampron, the president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, pulled no punches with his organization's disdain for the new trade deal.

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"TPP, the Asian agreement, and the European agreement, we're down 10 per cent in the a year ago, so, it's the number of cows but it's also, our net income is down 10 per cent". "I can certainly see the Canadian dairy farmers' side of this".

Eliminating that class would allow processors to become more competitive and potentially give grocers room to bring down prices, Charlebois said.

"We had a NAFTA deal that was working reasonably well so we will call it a win because we were able to retain the key parts of the existing NAFTA deal in terms of our access to the USA market".

He explained the U.S.is Saskatchewan's biggest customer and with a small domestic market, the province has to ship its products overseas in order to grow and succeed economically.

Trudeau said the USMCA is successful in maintaining fairness and balance between Canada and the us, a trading partner 10 times its size.

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"We're calling on the Trudeau Liberals to compensate our farmers", Ford said, adding that steel and aluminium workers in the auto industry also needed support. "The partnerships built over the years with Canada and Mexico through NAFTA have been a major part of growth for our businesses".

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