Alberta dairy farmers anxious about USMCA

Alberta dairy farmers anxious about USMCA

"The prime minister had made it clear that he would support dairy, particularly within supply management, but particularly dairy".

We are always anxious about the impact resulting from increased access on the sustainability of Canadian egg, poultry and dairy industries and are especially concerned about what appears to be yet another devastating impact on our fellow dairy farmers. NYFB is also encouraged by language that will eliminate Canada's Class 7 dairy pricing program as well as increase access to Canada's dairy market. "It will really open the door for the dairy industry where we didn't have them going to Canada before". Dairy processing has a material presence in every province in Canada, with 207 federal ridings having at least one dairy processing facility.

He said each of the three trade deals takes away a portion of the Canadian market for local farmers.

HILLYARD: That allows us to move our products of dairy into there needs and access to there market.

"At the end of the day, this is not a trivial thing".

"Canadian dairy farmers will now be paid less for their milk as processors import product from the states".

The Canadian dairy market produced roughly 17% of what the United States did each year over the past three years, according to USA government data.

"There's a lot of bakery and cheese industry in Canada, so there is a need for our product in that form", Amy Martin said. "We will make sure that we protect our economy, our jobs, and the people of Ontario". With a focus on that within USMCA, he thinks this deal and KORUS will help set the stage for other trade negotiations.

Who are the real winners and losers in the USMCA deal?
President Trump says is the USMCA is the biggest trade deal in USA history, created to replace the 1994 NAFTA pact. Canada was able to secure an arrangement to avoid Trump's threatened tariffs on automobiles, however.

In the new deal the USA gets 3 point 6 per cent of additional access to the Canadian dairy market. The Canadian Class 7 pricing system, a long-time stumbling block, will be eliminated. The labor provisions are good, but too often they are written into trade bills and never enforced.

"We are pleased to see the renegotiated NAFTA deal includes, as it should, one of our greatest allies and trading partners, Canada". Dairy was not part of the original NAFTA and it should not have been part of its replacement.

Hall Findlay said the Class 7 concessions, combined with wider access to the dairy market for US firms, will restrict the ability of Canadian firms to compete globally.

"Keeping Canada in the trade deal is a critical win for our dairy farmers", said Brody Stapel, president of Edge.

"The announced concessions on dairy in the new USMCA 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 Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) in a release following news of some of the details contained in the new deal.

He said under the supply management system quotas are set on anticipated sales and "maybe we'll have to start cutting back our quotas".

"A handful of dollars doesn't replace the livelihood of dairy farmers", the group added.

Otero said, while there are no positives for dairy farmers, the trade deal could mean lower retail prices and force Canadian dairy farmers to become more efficient.