Trudeau offers assurances to Quebec dairy farmers after revised trade deal

Gladys Abbott
October 5, 2018

The exception is based on a quota: the first 2.6 million Canadian-made cars imported by the US will be exempt from any future tariffs, which for now covers the 1.8 million Canadian cars exported to the USA annually, but does little for the growth of Canada's auto industry, said Todgham Cherniak, whose late paternal grandfather, Ron Todgham, was Chrysler Canada's first Canadian-born president.

The China Canada Business Council, which has long lobbied for a free-trade deal with China, expressed concern with the proposed USMCA and noted that for decades Canada has forged an independent path in its commercial relationship with China.

Dairy farmers on the Island and throughout the province have banded together in the past decade to spend money on advertising and have seen their market grow, she said.

"The deal includes a substantial increase in our farmer's opportunities to export American wheat, poultry, eggs and dairy", Trump told a news conference outside the White House Monday. A previous Canadian policy, the Class 7 milk policy, restricted dairy imports and made it cheaper for Canadian processors to purchase domestic dairy products. "We look forward to further reviewing this deal to verify our all of our local farmers, manufacturers and workers are treated fairly". "But now we might be able to only accommodate one more plant".

Otero also said there are still a number of questions that need to be answered, including how USA dairy farmers, who allow growth hormones that have been banned in Canada, will compete in Canada.

Taylor said the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union means the dairy industry lost 1.5 per cent of the market and they also lost 3.25 per cent with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

"The dairy sector finds itself in a much weaker position, with no apparent plan or support", Dalhousie University professor Sylvain Charlebois wrote in an article this week for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. Then Japan gave in to pressure to start bilateral talks on a new deal.

China will continue to pursue commerce with other countries in the face of "trade restrictions", added Yang.

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"The retailers will try to find the cheapest supply possible", he said.

There's a series of Dairy Farmers of Ontario meetings that take place throughout the year, and Ireland says he was speaking with about 50 other farmers in Guelph earlier this week.

"The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) deal demonstrates once again that the Canadian government is willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a deal", said Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), in an October 1 news release. You're definitely not imagining things.

Aylard said USA dairy farms are subsidized, making competition hard.

-Senior Chinese officials have tried to influence business leaders to condemn US trade actions, "leveraging their desire to maintain their operations in China". "We've blinked once, why wouldn't we blink again?"

Dairy Farmers of Canada estimates that 220,000 Canadian families rely directly on the dairy industry for their livelihoods. The newly minted agreement is estimated to bring US farmers a $70 million increase in exports to Canada's dairy market and greater access in the egg and poultry markets.

The same tactics were used with Mexico and Canada, where United States pressure pushed Mexico to break a promise to Canada that it would maintain a common front with Ottawa in the renegotiation.

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