Grain Grow­ers of Canada call for rapid rat­i­fi­ca­tion of CUSMA

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPINION - Con­trib­uted

Grain Grow­ers of Canada (GGC) is urg­ing both Houses of Par­lia­ment to pass leg­is­la­tion and quickly rat­ify the Canada-United States-Mex­ico Agree­ment (CUSMA) to be­gin re­al­iz­ing the ben­e­fits of this his­toric agree­ment.

“Our farmer mem­bers across Canada need cer­tainty to in­vest and grow,” said GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen from his farm near Olds, on June 19.

“This is why Gov­ern­ment must pass this leg­is­la­tion be­fore sum­mer break to en­sure our North Amer­i­can mar­ket ac­cess is pre­served.

The suc­cess of Cana­dian agri­cul­ture is not a par­ti­san is­sue and we urge all par­ties to work to­gether to see the leg­is­la­tion through”

If the bill to rat­ify CUSMA, called Bill C-100, is passed this week, it will rep­re­sent a mean­ing­ful up­grade to the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment (NAFTA) for Cana­dian agri­cul­ture by keep­ing our trade with the United States and Mex­ico tar­iff free.

The CUSMA will also re­move le­gal bar­ri­ers that pre­vent grain grown in the US from be­ing treated equally here – a long­stand­ing re­quest from grain farm­ers on both sides of the bor­der.

“We need tar­iff-free ac­cess for our ex­port com­modi­ties as soon as pos­si­ble,” con­tin­ued Mr. Nielsen.

“Cana­dian farm­ers rely on sta­ble mar­kets to suc­ceed and rat­i­fy­ing the CUSMA will al­low us to cap­i­tal­ize on fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth with our clos­est trading part­ners.”

GGC will con­tinue, in con­junc­tion with our part­ners within the Cana­dian Agri-Food Trade Al­liance (CAFTA), to ad­vo­cate for the timely pas­sage of Bill C-100.

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