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Measures protecting Canadian dairy industry under fire at US NAFTA hearing

Measures protecting Canadian dairy industry under fire at US NAFTA hearing

Leaders of major industrial unions, and their allies in the war against job-losing so-called "free trade" treaties, reacted skeptically to Trump administration negotiating objectives for a "new NAFTA". And the objectives are weak in other areas, the leaders added.

Since Americans embraced Trump and his unabashedly protectionist, America-first agenda last November, the Trudeau government has spared no effort to build bridges to the new administration, and cultivate pro-trade allies in Congress, trade-reliant states and the USA business community.

Those goals were laid out in a 17-page document titled "NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives", which was submitted to the US Trade Representatives, the government agency responsible for evaluating US trade policy. "There's nothing in there where you could say, this is how we get rid of the trade deficit".

However, other labor goals are notably absent. Alberta Prime Minister, Rachel Notley, warned about the need for a collective work on what is at risk, mainly in what refers to generation of employment on both sides of the border.

For instance, the administration wants to strengthen the pact's labor and environmental standards, and to improve protection of USA intellectual property. However, NAFTA is 23 years old now.

"These mechanisms, in particular chapters 11 and 19, are an insurance policy critical to USA agriculture and U.S. investors in general, helping to ensure that USA companies operating overseas to have the same level of protection in foreign markets they would receive in the United States", said a representative of Cargill, a Minnesota-based, multi0national corporation dealing in everything from food to energy.

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"We will seek to address America's persistent trade imbalances, break down trade barriers, and give Americans new opportunities to grow their exports", Lighthizer said. His objectives don't mention worker rights in their introduction. Maybe those ideas sound familiar: They were main elements of the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated by the previous administration and then abandoned by Congress. Changes along those lines, cautiously implemented, could serve to modernize Nafta and better equip it for modern trading conditions and new kinds of trade.

"This is not what workers who supported President Trump in the election expected: They assumed that he would renegotiate NAFTA to create better paying jobs for them and their families, rather than chasing higher profits and greater protections for corporate interests".

The tripartite trade talks are due to start August 16.

When asked whether the US has any leverage when it comes to pushing Canada to allow greater access to its markets for American dairy products, Ryan said it should be brought up in the NAFTA talks. So despite Trump's scorn for the TPP, it makes sense that his administration would borrow from it.

The administration also wants to introduce formal safeguards against currency manipulation, so countries can take action against partners that are holding down the value of their currency to boost exports.

"This document does not describe the promised transformation of NAFTA to prioritize working people that some voters were expecting based on President Trump's campaign pledges", Wallach said. "It's very hard to "force" or "compel" Mexico to buy more American goods".


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