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How the Senate is supporting Canadians in supply managed agricultural sectors in relation to USMCA, CPTPP

The Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee will be undertaking a brief study on how the Government of Canada can offer the best support and compensation for Canadians involved in supply-managed agriculture sectors by reviewing what has occurred for CETA.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured May 31, 2018, in the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The recent agreement by Canada, the United States, and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will change Canadian agriculture. Many farmers will see benefits related to decreased trade barriers between the three countries. However, for farmers and processors involved in supply managed agricultural sectors involving dairy, poultry, and egg products, there is genuine concern about the future as the Government of Canada gave significant concessions in terms of market access, elimination of class 6 and 7 milk, and export monitoring of certain dry milk products.

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