Farmscape for August 21, 2017
The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute says strong American support for NAFTA, particularly within the agricultural community, will play an important role in the renegotiation of agreement.
Canadian, U,S. and Mexican negotiators completed the first round of talks yesterday aimed at revamping North American Free Trade Agreement.
Colin Robertson, the Vice President and a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, says strong support within the United States for the agreement will be an important factor.
Clip-Colin Robertson-Canadian Global Affairs Institute:
What ever agreement that the Trump Administration negotiates will be subject to an up or down vote in the American Congress, in the House of Representatives and the Senate so it is important for us and we have made a sustained effort along with the Mexicans over the past six months to remind Americans at the local level why trade with Canada works for Americans.
We start of with what is Mr. Trump's principal objective and that's to create jobs.
We point out that the Canada, United States, Mexico agreement accounts for roughly 14 million jobs in the United States.
The trade with Canada and Mexico makes that possible.
Most Americans have not appreciated that fact but now we're reminding them on a kind of daily basis and certainty we use every occasion when a minister or a legislator or a premier and this has been an all of Canada effort to do so.
It's not just been the federal government ministers that have been going down to the United States.
It's been also Premiers, provincial legislators, business persons and those in the farm community for example have been very diligent over the last few years in working the various farm bureaus and going to state fairs just to remind them that trade with Canada creates wealth and jobs in the United States.
Robertson observes we have had a very good response from the Americans.
He notes the Governor of Nebraska, during a recent visit to Canada, pointed out Canada is the number one export market for 35 American states.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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