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‘Don’t fix something, that isn’t broken:’ AG Minister MacAulay defends supply management amid NAFTA talks

By Marco Vigliotti      

'I’ve indicated quite clearly, it’s a non-starter. It’s simply how it is. A deal has to be good for all, and it has been good for North America in general and that’s fair game,' Lawrence MacAulay says of U.S. proposal in NAFTA negotiations to wind down supply management.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, left, tours the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo Canada Pavilion in 2016 with Chinese Vice-Minister Yu Kangzhe, forefront, and promotes Atlantic lobster. Photograph courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

The long-winding renegotiations of the North America Free Trade Agreement have many trade-dependent industries in Canada on edge. At first, talk was that the negotiations would amount to nothing more than mere tweaks to the decades-old pact that lifts most tariffs on commerce flowing between the three North American countries. But that narrative has been rattled in recent months, with U.S. President Donald Trump, who originally called for the talks, lambasting Canada and Mexico for their stances at

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