Montreal, QC – The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) today welcomed the progress made during the latest round of NAFTA negotiations and urged the federal government to continue working to reach a modernized agreement that will increase market access for the nation's farm and food products.
"We agree with Minister Freeland when she says we're looking for a new and improved NAFTA that is a win-win-win," says CAFTA President Brian Innes. "No one knows NAFTA better than the farmers, ranchers and agri-food exporters who rely on the agreement day in and day out for their livelihoods."
NAFTA has been very good for agri-food trade in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, which has quadrupled over the life of the agreement to more than $90 billion annually.
Canada exported almost $56 billion in agriculture and agri-food products in 2016. Quebec, where negotiations were held, exported $8.2 billion in agri-food products in 2016.
During the negotiations, CAFTA hosted several events with American and Mexican counterparts including a roundtable with government representatives and a news conference with farmers from all three countries. Canadian Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs Andrew Leslie and Raul Urteaga, Head of International Trade at Mexico's Agriculture Ministry participated in the roundtable.
Farmers from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico shared their personal stories about how free trade in North American agri-food has supported a vibrant and... (read more)