OTTAWA, January 23, 2018 — Following is a statement from Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) President Ron Bonnett in reaction to today’s announcement by International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne on the conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation.
“The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) welcomes today’s announcement that Canada and its trading partners in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have successfully concluded talks and will formally sign an agreement this coming March.
Joining the CPTPP will open unprecedented new markets for Canadian farmers producing export-oriented goods, such as red meats, grains and oil seeds. CFA commends Canada’s trade negotiating team for recognizing the growth potential of our exporters; however, we call on government officials to make good on their commitments to farmers of supply-managed products (such as dairy and poultry), particularly as NAFTA talks continue.
CFA is adamant that the Canadian government stand firm on its position to build on NAFTA’s success and to not concede any additional market access for supply-managed commodities.
We thank the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues for their ongoing efforts during this complex and uncertain time, and we are grateful for their approach that pinpoints the opportunities amid the challenges.
CFA executives are in regular contact with ministers and senior officials at Global Affairs Canada and will continue to share farmers’ views during this pivotal phase of international trade negotiations.”
CFA Director of Communications
Phone: 613-236-3633 ext. 2322