SASKATOON—Canadians are rightly concerned by the new North American trade deal’s concessions on supply management. Farmers are also very concerned about its attack on the integrity of Canada’s grain quality control system. Our government’s capitulation on these matters was no doubt encouraged by corporate lobbyists who had easy access to our negotiators. It is deeply concerning, though not surprising, that the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has at least three chapters that formally entrench corporate influence on government decision-making. If USCMA comes into effect it will become even more difficult for elected governments in all three countries to act responsibly in the public interest.
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