Trade deal gets mixed re­views

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Grain Farm­ers of On­tario, the prov­ince’s largest com­mod­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion, has con­grat­u­lated the Cana­dian govern­ment for hav­ing ne­go­ti­ated the United States­Mex­ico-Canada Agree­ment (USMCA).

“This agree­ment en­sures that the ex­ist­ing strong trade re­la­tion­ship be­tween Canada, the U.S. and Mex­ico will con­tinue. This re­la­tion­ship is vi­tal to the pros­per­ity of the On­tario grain in­dus­try and the USMCA will pro­vide sta­bil­ity that will ben­e­fit grain farm­ers across On­tario,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farm­ers of On­tario.

Unim­peded ac­cess to world mar­kets is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to On­tario grain pro­duc­ers, Mr. Haerle noted. “USMCA al­lows farm­ers and the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try to con­tinue these strong re­la­tion­ships with­out any new is­sues or any new dis­rup­tions.”

DFO wary

Dairy Farm­ers of On­tario rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in the USMCA and sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns with the out­comes of the ne­go­ti­a­tions. DFO is also look­ing to govern­ment of­fi­cials to hon­our their com­mit­ment to sup­port sup­ply man­age­ment.

DFO is work­ing with pro­vin­cial mar­ket­ing boards, DFC and pro­ces­sors to strate­gize ways to hold the govern­ment ac­count­able to its com­mit­ment to sup­port the in­dus­try. DFO is ex­press­ing se­ri­ous con­cerns, and is look­ing for ways to work to­gether to be able to con­tinue to grow the dairy in­dus­try.

Egg mar­ket

Since the agree­ment has granted ad­di­tional ac­cess to the Cana­dian egg mar­ket, “The out­come of the ne­go­ti­a­tions will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the sys­tem of sup­ply man­age­ment as a whole and specif­i­cally on the vi­tal­ity of Canada’s egg farm­ing sec­tor,” said Roger Pelis­sero, Chair­man of Egg Farm­ers of Canada. “It rep­re­sents a hit to con­sumers who over­whelm­ingly pre­fer Cana­dian eggs, with nearly 90% agree­ing it’s im­por­tant that the eggs they pur­chase are pro­duced in Canada.”

The egg group says, “We are al­ways wor­ried 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. While we are still assess­ing the full im­pact of the USMCA agree­ment, the out­come means more for­eign eggs on gro­cery store shelves. These lat­est con­ces­sions along with the con­ces­sions made ear­lier this year at the con­clu­sion of the CPTPP will re­sult in a loss of farm fam­ily in­come, and will af­fect the health and con­tin­ued vi­a­bil­ity of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties across Canada. These con­ces­sions of­fer very lit­tle value to Cana­dian con­sumers who have said time and time again that they want Cana­dian eggs. Yet the very farm fam­i­lies who make sure high-qual­ity, lo­cally pro­duced eggs end up on our ta­bles will see their liveli­hoods weak­ened.”

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