Island dairy farmers point out that the new U.S. -Mexico-Canada agreement, to replace NAFTA, is the latest trade agreement to chip away at Canada's share of the market, following the Canada-EU deal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Something in the new trade agreement that will have a big impact on dairy farmers in NY is the potential elimination of Canada's Class 7 dairy pricing program.
Congressman Tom Reed announced the United States and Canada have negotiated a new trade agreement, pending congressional approval, to eliminate trade barriers for farmers and improve dairy market access.
"China wants a different American president", Pence says. The deal has to be signed by the leaders of the three countries, go through Congress as well as Legislatures in Canada and Mexico. The agreement also contains a sunset clause to expire or renew after 16 years. They also said it was the first time a senior USA official had delivered such a "broadside" against China on an array of issues. "The occupation list is antiquated and doesn't reflect business realities", said Berezowski, who is also licensed to practise law in the state of NY.
He said he was still waiting for an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for allowing USA dairy farmers to export limited tariff-free dairy products into Canada. In May, a pound of bagged milk could cost one dollar but might be $1.25 per pound a month or two later.
"The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials", he said in a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.
Under that pricing scheme, the Canadian government would look at the world market price for powered milk and set the Canadian price paid to dairy farmers at around 35 percent below the world price each month, explained Gordon. Theoretically they can just ship milk into Canada as well, but most of the time it ends up in a further process product.
"We're extremely concerned that the deal forces Canada to inform the USA of any intention to pursue negotiations with a non-market economy like China", Ontario Minister of Economic Development Jim Wilson said in Question Period on Thursday.
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Much of Pence's remarks are meant to inform the public of what the US government terms as China's covert and overt influence campaign.
The USMCA is thus the third free trade agreement in which Canada has agreed to open access to its supply-managed sectors, to the tune of 3.59 per cent of the dairy market as well as increased access for eggs, chicken and turkey.
Raymond Bachand, Quebec's chief free-trade negotiator during the recently concluded negotiations, said the number one objective for Quebec was to preserve access to the American market and that was done.
Dairy Farmers of Canada estimates that 220,000 Canadian families rely directly on the dairy industry for their livelihoods. "The provisions for non-market country FTA do not change this", said Alex Lawrence, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. "They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade".
For example, if Canada chose to re-create Class 7, under the deal, the Canadian government would be required to: inform the United States of the proposed change; allow the United States to participate in its consultation period, if asked; and consider American demands when making its final decision.
"The dairy aspects of USMCA were some of the most fiercely contested and divisive issues".
"It's dark days for the dairy industry", said Hargreaves. "It's a very bright spot".