NAFTA Re-Negotiations: Why Canada got exactly what we asked for

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Opinion

During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wore a t-shirt that read: “Keep calm and negotiate NAFTA.” To farmers looking at the result, the shirt could just as easily have read “I renegotiated NAFTA, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” Canada came to the table with very little to negotiate, and as a result we got exactly what we asked for. The reaction at home has been predictable. Export-oriented producers (who comprise 90% of our farming population) cheered the stability that comes with predictable market access to our largest trading partner. Supply-managed farmers…

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