Canada ne­go­ti­ated a good trade deal

Re: Trudeau made poor deal on trade (Oct. 9):

Regina Leader-Post - - OPINION -

Con­ser­va­tive MP Tom Luki­wski’s com­ments on our new trade agree­ment with the

U.S. and Mex­ico got it wrong. Canada ne­go­ti­ated hard and held out for a good deal — and we got it.

As Premier Moe says, it “pre­serves the free and fair trade op­por­tu­nity that we have across the con­ti­nent.”

As for­mer Con­ser­va­tive prime min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney said, “This agree­ment is a highly sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment for Canada.”

Jeff Nielsen of the Grain Grow­ers of Canada calls it “a his­toric agree­ment that serves the in­ter­ests of grain farm­ers from coast to coast.”

Bill Hu­ber of the Saskatchewan Stock Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion says it “will al­low Canada to grow its ex­ports, add value and sup­port the Cana­dian beef in­dus­try.”

The agree­ment re­tains the fair im­par­tial dis­pute res­o­lu­tion that Canada fought so hard to in­clude in the orig­i­nal NAFTA — long used by our forestry work­ers as pro­tec­tion.

To­gether with new agree­ments in Europe and the

Asia Pa­cific, Canada now has tar­iff-free ac­cess to 1.5 bil­lion con­sumers. That will help drive growth and op­por­tu­nity across our province.

Ralph Goodale, min­is­ter of pub­lic safety and MP for Regina-was­cana

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