Intense discussions continue but stalling over dispute settlement mechanism.
Lead negotiator Steve Verheul and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the US, back in action on Sept. 14.
He may not have a sophisticated understanding of international trade, but he understands numbers and politics.
Won’t accept an agreement that doesn’t meet the approval of dairy producers.
Still stuck on dairy, culture exemption and dispute resolution mechanism.
We must make a major concession like phasing out our farm supply management to protect the auto sector.
They’re looking at potential “landing zones” where both parties can agree.
The PM said his government will protect supply management at all costs.
Philippe Couillard has vied to position himself as the defender of Quebec dairy.
PQ leader Lisee is worried that Canada was ready to make concessions on milk.
Conservative MP says supply management is preventing Canada from reaching a NAFTA deal.
Condition set by Australia’s regulators for Saputo’s $1.3 billion takeover of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative.
Involves a pricing agreement struck in 2016 that restricts US exports of ultra-filtered milk used to make dairy products.
…But the US also levies tariffs and provides subsidies to protect some of its farmers.
Supply management could hurt the Conservatives in Quebec in the next election if dairy farmers feel the Tories won’t support it.