Bill C-282 would tie the hands of trade negotiators, says CCA

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In the near term, navigating severe and prolonged drought is a key focus on the Canadian Cattle Association. But in the ongoing and longer-term, there is concern at the CCA regarding what’s happening on the trade and legislative fronts in Ottawa.

General manager of the Canadian Cattle Association, Ryder Lee, points to the lack of follow-through on the Canada-EU trade deal, and the impending inclusion of the UK in to the CPTPP, even though the UK refuses to accept Canada’s standards as equivalent. It sets a precedent on what Canada is willing to accept on trade, Lee says.

And then, of course, there’s Bill C-282, which would remove talk of access to the supply managed sectors in any trade negotiations. Lee says the cattle industry will continue to push back on this bill, which is before the Senate, as he says it would tie the hands of trade negotiators before they’ve even entered the room.

Listen now (or later) to the full discussion with Lee, recorded at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference held this week in Calgary, Alta.:

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