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A look at the range of reactions to the new USMCA deal | KRVN Radio

A look at the range of reactions to the new USMCA deal

Here’s what political and industry leaders are saying about the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement:

“It’s an agreement that, when enacted, will be good for Canadian workers, good for Canadian business, and good for Canadian families. It’s an agreement that removes uncertainty for our manufacturers and investors, and improves labour rights for all North Americans. And it’s an agreement that will be profoundly beneficial for our economy, for Canadian families, and for the middle class.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduces Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations together in competition with the rest of the world. The USMCA is a historic transaction!” — U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter

“Canadian workers need their government to fight for trade deals that work for them. With #USMCA, we have a new name, but a worse deal. From concessions that’ll hurt our farmers, to making medication more expensive – this deal is not the progressive solution Canadians need.” — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Twitter

“This agreement is a highly significant achievement for Canada, while benefiting all three countries as it should. I have not yet had the opportunity to study the full text — and frequently the devil is in the details — but Canada appears to have achieved most if not all of its important objectives in this lengthy and challenging set of negotiations.” — former prime minister Brian Mulroney

“We’re calling on the Trudeau Liberals to compensate our farmers. To support our steel and aluminum workers in the auto industry. They need the support of the federal government. We weren’t at the table or maybe the deal would have been a little different.” — Ontario Premier Doug Ford

“We want a type of agriculture in Quebec that is human and family-oriented — and not one that is industrial and in which we lose all capacity to make decisions.” – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard speaking hours before polls close in a provincial election

“This agreement is a disgrace. A disgrace for Canada, a disgrace for Quebec. It is an expression of the systemic injustice Quebec is victim of within Canada.” – Party Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee

“Manitoba has worked to build enduring relationships at the American state level. These relationships can be critically important when we’re faced with challenges in the broader Canada-U.S. relationship. I acknowledge the work of premiers across Canada for helping to keep these relationships strong and showing leadership over the past months.” — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister

“NAFTA 1.0 was not perfect, nor is the USMCA. But the most successful trading alliance in history will continue. Lots to discuss & analyze to be sure. Bottom line: free trade faced its greatest threat to date and free trade won.” — tweet from former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore

“The Liberals made concession after concession, until the Trump administration got the deal it wanted. In the process, Canadian government sold out Canadian steel and aluminum workers … The U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum must be lifted immediately.” — United Steel Workers Canadian Director Ken Newman

“Granting an additional market access of 3.59 per cent to our domestic dairy market, eliminating competitive dairy classes and extraordinary measures to limit our ability to export dairy products will have a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector. This has happened, despite assurances that our government would not sign a bad deal for Canadians.” — Dairy Farmers of Canada President Pierre Lampron

“Once again, the farmers have taken the first hit. After CETA, the CPTPP, and now NAFTA, we are sure that we won’t be getting fresh, local, hormone-free milk. They are on the front lines of all of our trade agreements. But, it is not just them. NAFTA 2.0 may affect our ability to regulate pipelines, keep our drug prices down, and successfully protect our data and the financial system will be affected in the long term.” — Council of Canadians Honorary Chair Maude Barlow

“The Chamber congratulates Minister Freeland and Canada’s negotiating team for delivering an agreement that remains trilateral and that will continue to deliver prosperity for Canada, and for doing so under extraordinarily challenging conditions.” — Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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