The MP for Kootenay-Columbia worries the new tri-lateral trade deal with the US and Mexico could hurt our local agriculture sectors.
Wayne Stetski says chicken and dairy farmers could be negatively impacted by the new US Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA .
“When you look at the last 3 trade agreements now, including this one, potentially 10% of the market has been opened up for dairy products in particular to come into Canada. As a result it will impact our dairy farmers significantly.”
Stetski is also concerned about USMCA’s potential impact on the softwood lumber industry.
He says tariffs on softwood lumber could be problematic for local mills.
“There was no change to the tariffs on softwood lumber, which of course affects our mills throughout the riding, and there was an additional 3.6% impact on dairy. From those two perspectives I don’t think there’s too much to celebrate in the riding.”
Stetski says he’s pleased water was not a focal issue and feels the deal will be good for the auto industry.
The new deal replaces the former North American Free Trade Agreement, which had been known as NAFTA.
– Wayne Stetski – Kootenay-Columbia MP