Getting rid of supply management would help the poorest Canadians. That ought to be a no-brainer.
Canada should not retaliate against US softwood tariffs or quotas. It helps to protect our lumber anyway.
Canada should call Trump’s bluff by championing a fairer distribution of the benefits of trade — presumably the idea behind the Trudeau government’s ambitions to usher in a new generation of “progressive trade” agreements.
Anxiety about trade and globalization runs deep and goes beyond Trump’s core supporters.
Canada’s negotiating agenda will need to reflect that reality. It just so happens there are ways to redo or replace NAFTA to make it a better deal for workers in all three countries.
An obvious first step is to include strong, fully enforceable labour standards. Mexican workers, whose real wages have stagnated under NAFTA, and who are rarely free to join independent unions, would be the primary beneficiaries. But rising wages and improved working conditions in Mexico and many Southern U.S. states would provide support for the same in the rest of North America.
The Trump administration intends to bolster Buy American purchasing policies, which could side-swipe Canadian suppliers. But the government’s standard response — to seek an exemption for Canadian goods — has fallen short before and will fare much worse today.
Canada could instead propose reciprocal “Buy North American” policies for new public infrastructure spending. If this is rejected, Canada should maximize national economic spinoffs on its own planned public investments through Buy Canadian policies.
It's the wrong approach to ask.. "what should Canada give up".
Canada has been as industrially eviscerated as the U.S. has been by NAFTA, FTA, the WTO and the myriad of smaller regional Free Trade Agreements that the pathetic globalist shill governments of Mulroney, Chretien, Harper and J. Trudeau have brought in. Free Trade never has and never will work.
That existed prior the descent of Canada into the Free Market maelstrom of the last 50 years, which is failing catastrophically.
"The U.S. government hopes to take the first formal step in renegotiating NAFTA within the next couple of weeks, setting the stage for actual negotiations with Canada and Mexico later this year. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he hopes to advise Congress within two weeks of the Trump administration's intention to renegotiate the quarter-century-old agreement."
"That would begin a pre-negotiating consultation process of at least 90 days. U.S. law says that if the administration wants lawmakers to agree to a simple yes-or-no vote on a trade deal, it must consult with Congress throughout the process — before negotiations start; during negotiations; and before signing the deal."
Presumably this means we could be hearing from the Trump administration, the Senate and the House of Representatives with respect to their objectives, priorities and red lines in the upcoming talks.
Earlier this week, Ross stated that Canada knows it will have to make "concessions" and that "the only question is what's the magnitude, and what's the form of the concessions." And in January, Ross stated he had informed Canada that the US wants to negotiate on the rules of origin and the investor-state dispute settlement provision (which he feels gives too much power to Canada).
The Canadian Press also notes, "In Canada, there are guidelines requiring ministers to present memorandums to cabinet before trade talks. The government is also consulting with the private sector."
While the Trudeau government is consulting with corporations, it is not consulting with the broader public or with First Nations. Maybe that's because David MacNaughton, the Canadian ambassador to the US, has said he already has "a good sense of what would be in Canada's interest".
To tell Prime Minister Trudeau that his government needs to hold meaningful hearings with the public and First Nations -- and not just with the private sector -- please go to our online action alert, NAFTA renegotiations cannot be another backroom deal .
More than 10,000 people have already sent this message to Trudeau, but more pressure is needed for him to be open, transparent and accountable in these talks.
Trudeau consults corporations, but not the public or First Nations, on upcoming NAFTA talks | The Council of Canadians
You need to explain your reasoning on how ditching the 'supply quotas' would help the poor.........
Make American Dairy Farms Great Again
So his problem with the “very unfair things” supposedly going on in Canadian agriculture’s supply-managed dairy, poultry and egg sectors may be that they offer a good, very good example to U.S. farmers that the agri-food lobby and its friends in Washington would very much like to eliminate forever.
On the other hand, speaking of desperate straits, with the end of his shambolic first 100 days in office fast approaching, President Trump may want desperately to look as if he’s doing something for the schmucks who voted for him when, despite his big talk, he hasn’t really done anything much at all since he was sworn in on Jan. 20.
Because when farmers are left to themselves, they can usually be counted on to produce themselves into poverty, it’s good to have something to blame for the problems you’ve created. As Wisconsin farmer Chris Holman observed in a recent blog post, “Sorry Canada, this time that thing is you!”
“Scapegoating Canadian trade policy is a brilliant move as morally flexible politics goes, but as is often the case with finger-pointing, anyone doing it in a situation like this looks suspiciously like a guilty four-year-old,” Mr. Holman wrote.
Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates about 163 million litres of heavily subsidized American milk were dumped in fields, manure ponds or otherwise went down the drain in the first eight months of 2016, U.S. farmers in financial trouble would dearly love the opportunity to dump it in Canada instead. Supply-managed Canadian dairy farmers, by the way, receive zero subsidies from our taxes.
And lots of American dairy farms are in big financial trouble. According to the USDA, and state agencies quoted by Mr. Holman, about 500 Wisconsin farms close every year as the dairy industry there grows ever more concentrated. And, believe me, this has nothing to do with Canada.
Of course, bad neoliberal economic policies have the same kind of friends on both sides of the Medicine Line, which may be why the Canadian supply management system, which supplies high-quality product to Canadians at a fair price while ensuring dairy, poultry and egg farmers earn a living wage, has been under attack by the same types in Canada.
This explains why the Usual Suspects, like the neoliberal propagandists in Thinktankistan and their publicity auxiliary in Canadian media where Postmedia and the Globe and Mail compete to outdo one another with hysterical denunciations of supply management, are positively gleeful at President Trump’s bombastic attacks on Canada.
As National Farmers Union President Jan Slomp cheekily advised Mr. Trump a few days ago, if he really wants to make American dairy farms great again, he should adopt supply management.
Alberta PoliticsMake American Dairy Farms Great Again! Adopt supply management - Alberta Politics
Why do we need to give anything up?
Why are you so sure that we will "lose" the negotiations and have to surrender anything?
Supply management makes million are out of inefficient farmers and needlessly costs consumers big time while producers without quota are forced to dump milk on the ground. Can't even give it to the poor.
Because we have trudOWE instead of a leader that cares about Canada.
We need to develop new trade partnerships, and fast. We are locked into almost all of our trade with a declining and unstable partner.
You can trade whatever with whoever you want . What is stopping you ?
Typical Canadian asked question. The question should be what progress
can we make in the relationship. The world has changed. Canada has a
lot of new opportunities to find new partners to trade with. American is a
protectionist country now and we can fill a big gap in the trade world
GO ahead, what's stopping you? Oh yeah, yourselves.
Canadas protectionist policies, nobody else tolerates them except the US.
Kind of sucks when the show is on the other foot, eh? You can't sell a condom across provincial lines with your protectionism, you are all so absorbed with the US you keep missing the target, then again, you prefer it that way.
People like you are a prime example of what is wrong with the United States and why we have to row as far away from your sinking ship as we can possibly get.
Arrogant azzholes ...
Except Canada has wisely refused to put water on the table. The last thing we want is the Yanks building pipelines and canals to transport water to their poorly managed irrigation systems.