Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:33 pm Post subject: Post-NAFTA after-effects ...
The trade deal is complete. The media aren't telling us the truth. I would think that our leadership took the negotiation from one where the two sides could have joined hands to solve the problem quickly and cleanly, to one where we had to accept a take-it-or-leave-it deal on which we lost on every point.
This article shows the government compensating the dairy cartel with control over the imports from New Zealand ... so the price-fixing will continue.
Canadian dairy processors quietly awarded benefits from new CPTPP imports
If you buy foreign butter next year, Canada's dairy processors may still benefit
Janyce McGregor · CBC News · Posted: Dec 05, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 8 hours ago
Canadian cheesemakers already face new competition from the European Union, and cheeses from New Zealand and Australia can join the market in 2019. But the federal government quietly awarded most of the new import licences for Pacific Rim dairy products to Canadian dairy processors last week, ensuring any profits help the domestic industry. (Suresh Doss)
While the dairy industry was warning about concessions forced upon Canada in the new North American free trade deal text last week, the federal government quietly awarded Canadian dairy processors almost exclusive rights to import nearly all of the dairy products set to arrive soon from countries like New Zealand under the new Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.
That means that in a few weeks, when Canadian consumers have the option to purchase more foreign dairy products, Canada's dairy industry could still get a cut of the profits — at least temporarily — as it imports and then markets foreign dairy alongside products made with Canadian milk.
"This is a support for the dairy farmers through a roundabout means," said Karl Littler, senior vice-president of public affairs for the Retail Council of Canada.
"(The government) will, of course, deny that until they're blue in the face."
The revised North American trade agreement — dubbed the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) by Ottawa and signed by the leaders of all three countries last week — is the third major trade agreement in a row to hand over a share of Canada's dairy market to foreign milk products.
Canadian dairy farmers estimate that about ten per cent of their market has now been conceded at the negotiating table.
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Cheese from the European Union began entering Canada last fall, under the terms of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
After the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) takes effect on Dec. 30, specified quantities of cheese and other dairy products from 16 different categories will begin to enter Canada tariff-free from the 11 CPTPP member countries, including globally-competitive products like New Zealand's butter.
The federal government has struck working groups to come up with a strategy for the future of Canada's dairy industry — which now appears set to shrink — and to plan for appropriate compensation for affected farmers.(Emphasis added.)
A government official speaking to CBC News as Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his Fall Economic Statement last month pointed to dollar amounts earmarked for "non-announced measures" and said a not-yet-finalized sum of money will be available for compensation. [....]
What new surprises will there be? When will the tariffs come off?
The gentle reader will note that this does little for the dairy farmers, but probably a lot for the managers of the cartel. Trudeau's government fixes every problem with payoffs. This is an example. I wonder if Andrew supports this? But why do I wonder?
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