NCFA News

What Canada should fight for at NAFTA talks

July 25, 2017

When all is said and done, there is plenty of scope, based on NAFTA partners’ explicit or implicit objectives, to modernize the agreement (with some help from provisions from the U.S.-rejected Trans-Pacific-Partnership that all three NAFTA partners helped negotiate). However, as was the case 30 years ago, the deal breaker could well be ensuring fair and impartial resolution of trade remedy disputes. Let’s hope the moose knows how to play hardball.

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MacAulay vows to defend NAFTA at Ag ministers meeting

“I’m not the official trade negotiator,” he [Minister MacAulay] said at a news conference announcing money for a Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture project. “But without a doubt we will make sure that we have capable trade negotiators in agriculture and in the trade department who will handle these issues very capably.”

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National Cattle Feeders’ Association focused on competitiveness

April 21, 2017

NCFA Chair, Ryan Thompson details priorities for the association, including the labour crisis:
The labour-shortage issue will be ongoing and NCFA will continue to work hand-in-hand with packers on this one because if packers don’t have enough labour to realize full value from the carcass, feeders won’t be getting full value for their animals. Changes to the temporary foreign worker program since the report was released have only halted further damage and the NCFA stands with all of agriculture and agri-food in support of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Workforce Action Plan’s roadmap to address critical labour shortages.

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