Farm organizations unhappy as Trudeaus signs USMCA

Despite open letters from organizations like the Dairy Farmers of Canada and the National Farmer’s Union urging the Prime Minister to stop short on signing a new trade deal with the United States and Mexico, Justin Trudeau put pen-to-paper today to make the deal official.

Trudeau says the deal lifts uncertainty surrounding the 15-month negotiation process, something that could have gotten a lot worse if the parties had not reached a new agreement.

The signing follows days of speculation as to whether Canada would sign the USMCA at all.

The deal preserves a dispute-resolution system that the US wanted gone, but allows U.S. Farmers a 3.6% share of Canada’s market for poultry, eggs and dairy products, a concession that has dismayed Canadian dairy producers.