• • • Canada’s Dairy farmers get no assurances on NAFTA
Dairy farmers are seeking assurances there would be no more access to Canada’s dairy market in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement — but Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s minister of agriculture and agri-food, would not provide them. Dairy farmers pushed MacAulay on NAFTA because of U.S. threats and the recent agreement that Canada would join the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
When the original Trans-Pacific Partnership was negotiated, the U.S. was also involved and were part of the 3.25 per cent access provided to Canada’s dairy market for TPP countries. The new agreement didn’t include the U.S., as President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact.