Premier Doug Ford Releases Statement On USMCA, Concerned About Concessions & Tariffs

Statement shows concern in Canada’s largest province.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has shared a statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

“We want to make Ontario open for business. That’s why, from day one, we have offered our full support to our federal partner throughout the USMCA negotiation process to make sure a deal got done.

We also need to create and protect good jobs here in Ontario. While I’m optimistic that the USMCA agreement announced today will create continued opportunities, I remain concerned about the impact of Canada’s reported concessions on Class 7 milk and access to Ontario’s dairy market could have on our agriculture sector. We also remain concerned about the remaining steel and aluminum tariffs.

Our government will be speaking directly with industry representatives from Ontario’s steel, aluminum, auto and agriculture sectors to determine the impacts of this deal.

During the negotiations, we made it clear that any deal must keep Ontario’s steel, aluminum, auto and agriculture industries top of mind. Our government will continue to vigorously defend and advance Ontario’s economic interests at home and abroad.

Both Ontario and our partners to the south succeed when we can trade easily. Ontario does $389 billion worth of trade per year with the U.S. We are the number one trading partner for 19 states, and number two for nine others. It is absolutely critical for both Ontario and our friends south of the border that the new USMCA arrangement helps us build on that success.

Our government will continue to vigorously defend and advance Ontario’s economic interests. We will make sure that we protect our economy, our jobs, and the people of Ontario.”

On Twitter, Ford called for the federal government to compensate Ontario dairy farmers:

“We are calling on the federal government to compensate Ontario dairy farmers. If our farmers are being abandoned because of one-sided concessions from the federal government, they must take immediate action to support the families and livelihoods that are now at risk.”

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Brian Dougan
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Ford’s defending supply management??

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Gonzo the Magnificent

If he doesn’t he will have the farm vote against him. My understanding is they strongly vote Conservative in Ontario. It is pure politics which is why countries all over the world never gain as much ground – or any – as they should.

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So now our dairy farmers can consider the export market (US) for our fine cheeses instead of just producing enough dairy products for our own consumption. All other farmers / ranchers (except for chicken and eggs producers) have to compete on the world market and I bet there are more of them then there are dairy farmers. Yeah these dairy guys can start to develop new processes and expand the market for their products. As for US cheeses, yogurt and butter being now sold in Canada just have a Canadian flag on these products from Canada so that Canadians can… Read more »

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Gonzo the Magnificent

Regarding your last sentence:personally, I’ll by what is cheapest; all things being equal. If Canadian dairy can’t compete then they need to start finding efficiencies or go into another sector of agriculture.