Statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Local Dairy Industry
Monday, October 1, 2018
OTTAWA – Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, issued the following statement on the agreement-in-principle between Canada, the United States, and Mexico on a modernized trade agreement:
“The successful negotiation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will create good, well‑paying, middle class jobs, strengthen economic ties, and expand Canada’s trade in North America. In saying that, I recognize that the agreement has caused anxiety for local dairy farmers in Fundy Royal.
“The dairy industry is an extremely important part of our local economy and farm families are the backbone of our communities. These families, their employees, the processors and all those who work in the industry have consistently shown their commitment to our region. In fact, dairy farming is a proud part of our heritage and our future.
“I understand that a great many of my constituents may be worried about the implications that this agreement will have on their dairy farms and businesses. I know that the Canadian dairy industry is second to none, and supply management is a system that works for Canada. I want to assure my constituents that our government remains firmly supportive of supply management.
“It is well known that negotiation started with the U.S. began with a demand that supply management be abolished entirely. As in the past, we are committed to protecting our supply-managed industries because it is a system that works for our farmers and for consumers.
“This deal preserves supply management. It preserves a secure food supply for Canadians. We understand that supply management is a model for the world. It supplies quality products at a reasonable price to the consumer and stability for the farmer.
“As we work though the future stages of implementation of the USMCA, we will work with local producers and processors to make sure that there is fair and necessary compensation for the market share that has been given to the United States.
“Our government is committed to mitigating the impact of this agreement for the dairy industry and I am committed to working with our local producers to help create a strong, stable for farmers, farm families and rural communities. I will continue to advocate for the interests of Canadian farmers.”
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