U.S. has used NAFTA to pound Mexico
President Trump is bellowing about how NAFTA is bad for American workers. Putting aside the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in the U.S. and Canada, let’s consider the plight of the Mexican people in this perfect storm. NAFTA came into force in 1994 and allowed duty and tariff free products from the U.S. to flow into the free trade zones in Mexico. The U.S. government, to the tune of $10 billion a year, subsidized the corn industry and giant corporations dumped their corn on the Mexicans, thereby causing a collapse of the corn industry in Mexico. The Mexican government co-operated by removing support for tortilla production and the price of tortillas increased sevenfold. The U.S. also flooded Mexico with sugary, processed foods. 1.3 million farmers were driven off the land and the rate of obesity and diabetes soared. Guess what else? People emigrated to the U.S. in even greater numbers because they were no longer able to make a living. So, Mr. Trump, let’s not beat up on the Mexicans any more than you already have.
Deb Hopkins, Saskatoon