By Steve Dellar  |  10-01-2018   News
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An 11-th hour deal between the US and Canadian negotiators means that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can at least send some good news into Quebec as it goes to the polls today. However, political analysts claim that Canadian dairy farmers are getting thrown ‘under the bus.’

The US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who worked out the agreement, stated in a joint press release that: "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">More on USMCA [NAFTA]:<br>- Canada opens dairy market to US competition (win for USA)<br>- Canada agreed to scrap Chapter 7 on milk pricing (huge win for Trump)<br>- Dispute process (Ch 19) intact (huge win for Canada)<br>- Procurement process unchanged (big win for Canada)</p>&mdash; Richard Madan (@RichardMadan) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardMadan/status/1046605517647486978?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The agreement "will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region."

Related coverage: <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/38332-Canada-NAFTA-Deadline-Looms-As-Trump-Says-We-Don-t-Like-Their-Representative-Very-Much"> Canada - NAFTA Deadline Looms As Trump Says: “We Don’t Like Their Representative Very Much”</a>.

However, the immediate response from Canadian dairy farmers, who will (just as US President Donald Trump had requested) have to allow US competition, was less than positive.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Canada will eliminate class 7 milk pricing which is a big win for the US and was sore spot with dairy farmers in NY and Wisconsin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdnpoli?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cdnpoli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NAFTA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NAFTA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USMCA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USMCA</a></p>&mdash; Mercedes Stephenson (@MercedesGlobal) <a href="https://twitter.com/MercedesGlobal/status/1046607785742479360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Under the new NAFTA deal, the Canadian government agrees to provide US dairy farmers access to about 3.5 percent of its approximately $16 billion annual domestic dairy market.

Canadian sources said the liberal government of Mr. Trudeau would work out a compensation plan but dairy farmers reacted angrily to the news.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trudeau and Freeman’s throw Canada’s dairy farmers under the bus. Get ready for US milk brands on your store shelves and milk products in your foods. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NAFTA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NAFTA</a></p>&mdash; CryptoBro (@cryptobrohime) <a href="https://twitter.com/cryptobrohime/status/1046407172307935233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 30, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr. Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, said: “We fail to see how this deal can be good for the 220,000 Canadian families that depend on dairy for their livelihood.”

“This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians.”

President Trump’s objective in reworking NAFTA was to bring down the global US trade deficits.

Source:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta/in-trump-win-canada-us-deal-saves-nafta-as-trilateral-pact-idUSKCN1MA0UJ

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Anonymous No. 38402 1538394169
Canada's dairy monopoly has benefited only a few and this deal won't adversely affect 200,000 families. Even if did, 200,000 is less than the number of families that'd suffer if JT had forced Trump to impose auto tariffs.
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