Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue talked with Fox Business about some of America’s grievances with Canada being outlined in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations.
Perdue says past trade deals lacked enforcement, so the president is sending a message to Mexico and Canada. “He’s serious about trade deficits,” Perdue says. “He’s serious about keeping jobs in the U.S.,” Perdue says NAFTA benefits Canada more than America in several different areas. “The Canadian dairy management supply program is overproducing product,” he says, “depressing milk solid prices around the world. There’s a wine issue in British Columbia. They aren’t letting our wines out front where customers can choose. There are poultry access issues too.” Perdue says there are several things like this that were left out of the first NAFTA agreement that are creating access issues in Canada.
Trump was outspoken against NAFTA during his presidential campaign, saying that the agreement has treated U.S. workers unfairly and has negatively impacted America’s manufacturing sector.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.