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When promises are no longer enough

OTTAWA, ON, July 14, 2020 /CNW/ - Following the Annual General Meeting of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), which brought together some 200 dairy farmers from across the country in a virtual format, dairy farmers expressed concern that they have waited over a year for an announcementA on the balance ofA compensation owed for losses related to recent international trade agreements.
When promises are no longer enough
This issue was omnipresent during the meeting, with many producers wondering why the government has been so slow to honour its commitment towards "full and fair" compensation for the market share conceded to foreign dairy production, a commitment which dates back several years.Canada's trade agreement with the European Union (CETA) came into force in 2017, while the trade agreement with the Trans-Pacific countries (CPTPP) came into force in 2018. Despite the government's promises to compensate dairy farmers for these two agreements, Canadian producers are still waiting on a firm timeline to be announced for the balance owed.The effect of these agreements has been further exacerbated by the coming-into-force of CUSMA, Canada's new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, on July 1, 2020. As a result of CUSMA and other trade agreements, Canada will have outsourced the equivalent of 18% of our domestic dairy production to foreign countries by 2024.
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