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View John Barlow Profile
CPC (AB)
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2020-02-20 15:43
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I'm likely going to split my time with my colleague, just to make sure we all have an opportunity. If you don't mind, please let me know when I'm about halfway through, at three minutes or so.
Thank you very much, Mr. Verheul. I know you're probably sick of talking about this agreement by now, but we certainly appreciate your taking the time with the officials to give us a bit of a breakdown on these three areas, specifically when it comes to agriculture.
I know you've probably heard a lot about this, but the one area of the new NAFTA, or CUSMA, that gives me pause for thought is on the supply-managed side. I can't think of another trade agreement we've signed with another country whereby we have, in my opinion, surrendered our sovereignty on the growth of a specific commodity, and that would certainly be true on the milk powder, milk protein concentrates and infant formula.
If I'm seeing this correctly, we have a cap on the amount of product we can export and on the growth in opportunities for that product, whereas the United States does not have such a cap. They are free to expand that market.
Here's my concern. Is this an unusual concession in a trade agreement? I'm not aware of another one that has that give and not a lot of take.
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