- The original agreement, which included the United States, included a market access concession of 3.25% of Canada’s dairy market.
- DFC estimates that this represents a loss of up to $246 million dollars a year, in perpetuity.
The original agreement, which included the United States, included a market access concession of 3.25% of Canada’s dairy market. DFC estimates that this represents a loss of up to $246 million dollars a year, in perpetuity. Given the withdrawal of the United States from the agreement, DFC considers that it will be imperative for the Canadian government to ensure that the original market access concessions on dairy and supply management be recalibrated to reflect the loss of the world’s largest economy from the deal.
Dairy Farmers of Canada strongly believe in the importance of our government ensuring that the outcome of any trade agreement is good for the country as a whole. From what we understand, at this point, the Prime Minister does not feel that any potential TPP-11 agreement has met these criteria. If the reports are accurate, it took a great deal of courage for the Prime Minister to do what he did in the face of international pressure. It will take even more courage to ensure that Canada gets a fair, recalibrated deal, that reflects the departure of the United States.
In taking this position, the Prime Minister has made it clear to both our TPP and NAFTA partners that his priority is Canada and its economy, and that Canada won’t be pushed around.
On behalf of all Canadian dairy farmers, thank you Prime Minister for your leadership, we fully support you in holding firm for the best deal for Canada – including recalibrated market access concessions reflecting the loss of the United States from the agreement. DFC will continue to closely monitor this situation as it unfolds.