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Canada Braced for Hard Bargaining on Dairy When NAFTA Talks Resume

Posted August 10, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Janyce McGregor – CBC News)

The United States has unfinished business with Canada’s supply-managed dairy, egg and poultry sectors if bargaining to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement gets down to the short strokes this fall.

U.S. farmers could have sold more of their products into Canada under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries negotiated during the Obama administration. But President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal in his first week in office.

Now he’s out to redeem himself at the NAFTA table — or force even more out of Canada, after imposing previously-unthinkable tariffs on steel and aluminum and threatening to do the same to cars.

“Canada knew going into TPP that the price of entry was going to be doing something on dairy,” said Bob Wolfe, a professor emeritus at Queen’s University who has studied agriculture trade policy since the 80s. Click here to read more.