Canadian dairy farmers' group pans new trade pact with U.S., Mexico

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Once the new deal was arrived at Sunday night its new name was announced: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

But the president noted that the deal would need to be ratified by Congress, a step that could be complicated by the outcome of the fall congressional elections.

"The only problem with Justin is he loves his people, and he's fighting hard for his people. To me, it's the most important word in trade".

Speaking about Congress's role in the matter on Monday, Trump told reporters that hypothetically, one would think his deal would run into few problems in Congress, but observed that "anything you submit to Congress is trouble".

The United States, Canada and Mexico have just struck a new trade deal after several months and rounds of tense negotiations. On dairy the official said Canada essentially gave the US the same access it offered in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that President Donald Trump rejected.

Alongside changes to the dairy market in Canada, officials said it includes stronger protections for workers, tough new environmental rules, and updates the trade relationship to cover the digital economy and provides "groundbreaking" intellectual property protections.

Canada gave up some access to its dairy, egg and poultry industries but will keep its agricultural supply management system and avoid punishing auto tariffs under the new deal.

In Ottawa, PMO officials say there will be another cabinet meeting Monday and a news conference likely as well.

Like all negotiations, there was horse trading, but for the Canada there were elements of the new pact that could be viewed as victories.

Chapter 11 is eliminated entirely for Canada and mostly for Mexico, except for some key industries like energy and telecommunications.

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The US and Canada on Sunday sealed the deal on a new trade agreement that, along with an earlier US-Mexico agreement, opens to door to a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Meanwhile, the president said he would continue to employ tariffs on other countries only in instances where the governments are "absolutely not willing to do what's fair and reciprocal". Now, this country and its leaders appear to be back in the mercurial US president's good books.

The trucks that come from Mexico also have to abide by higher environmental standards.

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Laycraft said uncertainty and tariffs could have had a "horrible impact" on Canada's beef industry if a deal had not been reached, because the supply chains between Canada and the US are deeply integrated. He can tell American dairy farmers he has increased their access to the Canadian market.

The access to Canada's dairy market will closely mirror what was given under recently negotiated agreements between Canada and the European Union and a separate one with Pacific countries, the Canadian official said.

It said the measures will have "a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector". The provision was particularly useful for Canadian lumber companies: they've brought several cases against US softwood lumber duties, most recently in 2017.

"It's disappointing for sure, because the Canadian government was saying we wouldn't lose any more of our market", said Mickey Aylard, president of the Vancouver Island Milk Producers' organization. Canada is by far the No. 1 destination for US exports, and the USA market accounts for 75 percent of what Canada sells overseas. Dairy Farmers objected to this, too, but the once-obscure dairy classification had become a lightning rod of discontent for Trump. "We never believed that it would be easy, and it wasn't, but today is a good day for Canada". US administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Sunday night that this was a win for farmers in Wisconsin, New York and elsewhere. According to the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale, a side letter would exempt 2.6 million of Canada's annual auto imports from potential Section 232 tariffs on automobiles in the future.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Dist.

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