Trade, Trump and Tar­iffs: With sup­ply man­age­ment a key stick­ing point, Cana­di­ans di­vided over its fu­ture

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - AN­GUS REID IN­STI­TUTE

As news Mex­ico and the U.S. have largely re­solved their trade dif­fer­ences is ab­sorbed on this side of the bor­der, Cana­di­ans are ex­press­ing more anx­i­ety about what the breakthrou­gh will mean for their own coun­try.

And, as a new pub­lic opin­ion poll from the An­gus Reid In­sti­tute re­veals, they are deeply di­vided over sup­ply man­age­ment – the very is­sue Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has in­di­cated is the pre­vent­ing the con­clu­sion of Canada-u.s. NAFTA rene­go­ti­a­tions.

Ini­tially, more Cana­di­ans would like to see their gov­ern­ment stand firm on sup­ply man­age­ment in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the U.S. (45 per cent) rather than see it end the sys­tem (31 per cent).

How­ever, when pre­sented with a sit­u­a­tion in which Cana­dian farm­ers would be com­pen­sated for lost quota value and given as­sis­tance in ad­just­ing to a post-sup­ply-man­age­ment mar­ket, a small but sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Cana­di­ans change their minds on this key ques­tion.

The net re­sult is a near-even split, with 37 per cent of Cana­di­ans say­ing Canada should end sup­ply man­age­ment in or­der to se­cure a trade deal with the U.S., while 34 per cent say Canada should still stand firm in sup­port of the sys­tem. The re­main­ing three-in-10 (30 per cent) are un­sure.

The full poll can be viewed at­gus­­nafta-mex­ico-dead­line

In light of the Fed­eral Court of Ap­peal de­ci­sion on the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line, the NDP is once again call­ing on Premier Scott Moe to de­velop a sched­ule for re­place­ment of ex­ist­ing pipe­lines to keep steel­work­ers on the job.

“When a project like this is un­der re­view, it’s the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s job to en­sure there

are clear goal­posts. We need to hold the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to ac­count for their fail­ures on this project and en­sure a fair, safe and con­sis­tent reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment,” NDP Leader Ryan Meili said. “We also need to do what­ever is in Saskatchew­an’s power to keep our steel­work­ers on the job. That’s why we’re call­ing on Premier Moe to sup­port our pro­posal for an ev­i­dence­based re­place­ment sched­ule of ex­ist­ing pipe­lines in Saskatchew­an.”

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