Min­is­ter hints at deal on sup­ply man­age­ment

The Welland Tribune - - Canada & World - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

OT­TAWA — When it comes to de­fend­ing Canada’s sup­ply man­age­ment sys­tem from U.S. trade de­mands, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Lawrence Ma­cAulay is leav­ing the barn door open a crack.

The U.S. has made it clear it wants Canada’s sys­tem for con­trol­ling the price and sup­plies of dairy, eggs and chicken abol­ished — some­thing Ma­cAulay in­sists will not hap­pen.

But when asked whether there’s any room to ne­go­ti­ate on sup­ply man­age­ment, Ma­cAulay was less un­equiv­o­cal.

He says that with any trade deal, all par­ties need to know ex­actly what’s on the ta­ble, quickly adding it’s not his role to ne­go­ti­ate NAFTA in public.

When pressed about what re­al­is­tic changes Canada would con­sider, Ma­cAulay in­sisted the govern­ment would de­fend sup­ply man­age­ment.

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