Just before midnight on Sunday, the United States and Canada reached an agreement on trade.
After that, the framework for a tri-lateral trade agreement between the countries and Mexico was announced, called the USMCA.
On Monday, Trudeau characterized it as a “good deal” for Canada.
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However, opposition member politicians in Ottawa don’t feel the same way.
One of those members is Tom Lukiwski, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan, who believes Canada conceded to much.
“The U.S dairy farmers have access to the Canadian dairy market. But the Canadian market and Canadian dairy farmers, I should say, have absolutely no increased access to the US”
3.6% of the dairy market was offered up and Canada has vowed to compensate dairy farmers for any losses they might incur.
But Lukiwski still pointed out it’s a bad deal, in comparison to a deal he characterized as “fantastic” that was made when the Conservatives were in power.
“When the Harper government negotiated the free trade agreement with the European Union, we gave the European Union access to about three percent of Canada’s dairy market, primarily in Québec,” he said. “In return, Canadian dairy farmers had access to the entire European Union.”‘
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Lukiwski also touched on tariffs on steel and aluminum. As it regards to this matter, he said Trudeau broke his promise.
“He did an incredibly poor job in the negotiation process because the impression he gave was ‘this is the line in the sand.'”
President Donald Trump has said the tariffs will remain until something can be done to protect the American steel industry.