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Obama Urged to Boot Canada from Trade Talks or Gain Concessions

Posted August 04, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Barrie McKenna – Globe & Mail)

A powerful group of U.S. members of Congress says the White House should cut Canada out of a major global trade deal unless it opens up its protected dairy and poultry markets.

Without more significant concessions on agriculture, Canada should be booted out of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, 140 Democratic and Republican members of Congress argued in a letter sent to President Barack Obama.

“We are … troubled by Canada’s lack of ambition, which is threatening a robust outcome for U.S. farmers,” according to the letter, which also singled out Japan for harsh criticism. Read more here.