With the USMCA signed and done, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale is calling it “a good deal.”
Ralph Goodale added his voice to the chorus of politicians in Canada chiming in on the deal, which has been greatly discussed since it was agreed to last Sunday.
Specifically for Saskatchewan, access to the American market is a big addition, with the U.S. being the province’s largest export market. However, recent tariffs on steel and aluminum have impacted refineries across the country, including Evraz, just outside of Regina.
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On that file, Goodale admits there’s still work to be done on it.
“The tariffs on steel and aluminum predate NAFTA, the rules on that go back to the Kennedy era, back in the 1960’s,” said Goodale. “The NAFTA negotiation was not positioned to solve that issue.”
The last two Saskatchewan Premiers, both Scott Moe and Brad Wall, have expressed the need for the trade deal.
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Goodale also spoke about the dairy industry. In the deal, Canada opened access to the dairy market by 3.6%. Goodale said that Saskatchewan dairy producers will also get a cut of compensation promised by the federal government.
“The next key piece is for the Government of Canada, in consultation with the dairy industry and supply management, to negotiate the compensation to make up for that difference.