Gallant To Consult With Farmers On Trade Deal

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant says she will be reaching out to local dairy farmers to get their take on the impact of the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal.  

The tentative deal, announced late last night in Ottawa, allows U.S. farmers greater access to the Canadian market -- a key demand from the U.S. for the deal that will replace or update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Gallant says a good trade deal is critical to Canada's economy, since so many jobs depend on trade with the U.S. and Mexico.

However, she says the extent of the impact on Valley farmers still isn't clear.

"Most of all, what's important, is how our dairy farmers see this agreement-in-principle", Gallant told Star 96.7 News on Monday morning.

"I'll be contacting local dairy farmers, and of course, they're welcome to call or e-mail me, and let me know what their thoughts are on this.  Once I've had a chance to read thoroughly and get the impact of what it's going to mean locally, I'll be better able to describe what it means to the Valley".

Gallant says the focus on dairy during ongoing coverage of the trade talks, makes dairy farmers among the most important stakeholders in the deal.

"We want to ensure that if we're giving something up, we're getting something of equal value in return", Gallant said.