In early 2017, United States President Donald Trump set in motion the renegotiation of NAFTA. On October 1, 2018 a new trade deal – the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) was announced. The agreement was created behind closed doors. The draft text has been published on the US government website in English only.

While negotiations were underway, the NFU joined with peoples’ organizations from Canada, Mexico and the USA in tri-national meetings where the groups called for “a new model of integration, cooperation and exchange among nations that guarantees that any agreement be negotiated with the democratic participation of society, that it be transparent in all of its terms and conditions and that it promote the reconstruction of national, regional and local production chains , on the basis of international cooperation and the sovereignty of each country and with full respect for human, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. In addition, it must guarantee decent work and living wages, irrespective of national origin or migratory status.”

The USMCA not only falls short of these criteria, it undermines and weakens the foundations of justice and equity in all three countries. It is particularly harmful to Canada’s supply management system for dairy, eggs and poultry and to our quality control institutions for grain.

Recent USMCA stories

Letters
November 29, 2018 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Prime Minister, Re: NFU urges Canada to not sign new NAFTA agreement on November 30, 2018 The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada not to sign the new NAFTA agreement in Buenos Aires
Media Release
(Saskatoon) – Today the National Farmers Union (NFU) sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland urging them not to sign the new NAFTA agreement in its present form. “It has recently come to light that the published text – which is available only on the US Trade Representatives website and
Opinion
The USMCA grain section requires Canada to give imported US wheat the same grade as our own, and would prevent Canada from identifying country of origin for US wheat on our grade certificates. To implement these measures, we would have to amend the Canada Grain Act, but The Canada Grain Act requirements are the foundation of Canada’s reputation for quality assured grain.
Opinion
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.
Media Release
The Canadian government again secured a trade deal by sacrificing another vital part of domestic supply management. NAFTA will be replaced with a new trade agreement, now called USMCA, the US Mexico Canada Agreement.
Opinion
Contrary to a recent Financial Post opinion piece, Canada's grain grading and variety registration systems are never used to prevent American grain from being imported and sold into Canada. Our system just does not allow American grain to pretend to be Canadian— and there are good reasons for that.
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