Federal Agriculture Minister Laurence MacAulay made a strong pitch for continued trade with the United States during a meeting in Baton Rouge, La., of agriculture minister from Canadian provinces and agriculture commissioners from U.S. states.
His comments come two weeks before Donald Trump takes the oath of office as U.S. president, promising to renogiate the free trade agreement among Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to make it more favourable to the U.S
“This summit is a prime example of the strong agricultural trade partnership that exists between the U.S. and Canada, “ said MacAulay.
“The U.S. is our closest friend, partner and most important economic relationship. Working together to identify opportunities for our farmers offers them the best opportunity to succeed, grow our economies, and create jobs.” he said.
Two-way trade is more than $4 billion a year, according to the most recent statistics.
He told the annual meeting of political leaders that he hopes the new U.S. administration, Congress and Senate will work to strengthen agricultural trade with Canada.