Monday, September 21, 2015

TPP meeting this week in Atlanta

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiators are meeting in Atlanta this week and hope to have a deal by Oct. 2.

The key issue, negotiators say, is an automobile trade agreement between the United States and Japan.

While these negotiations carry a threat of significant tariff cuts for Canadian dairy and poultry sectors, Quebec’s dairy farmers are focused on imports of U.S. milk for processing at Canadian plants that then export the products.

This trade has been steadily increasing and even though the terms call for none of the processed products to remain in Canada, Quebec’s dairy farmers are planning a major demonstration in Montreal to pressure politicians to put a stop to the program.