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Ag Federation Chief Says Determining U.S. Direction Like ‘Following a Pinball’

Posted January 16, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jeffrey Ougler – Postmedia/Sault Star)

Canadian agriculture’s top official says he’s “still optimistic” the North American Free Trade Agreement will not die on the negotiating table. And it’s not just pressure from Canada and others that may prompt the U.S. administration to not walk away from the continental trade pact, says Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett.

“I think there’s a lot of pressure starting to build in the U.S., not only from the agricultural industry but other sectors as well, saying that, ‘Look, this deal is too valuable to have it thrown out on a whim,’” Bonnett said in an interview with The Sault Star. “I think those voices are getting stronger all the time.”

Bonnett, a Bruce Mines beef farmer, has been virtually on the front lines of what have been frosty exchanges, serving as an adviser to negotiators, as well as reporting back to federation members. Click here to read more.

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