Regina MP Ralph Goodale was able to comment on the recent USMCA trade agreement.
The deal allows for Saskatchewan to access their largest trade partner more easily, including livestock and grain producers accessing markets south of the border.
“It’s resolved a lot of uncertainty that has bedeviled the Canada-U.S. relationship for the last two years. It has instilled, I think, a new sense of hopefulness and confidence in the cross-border relationship,” he said. “It maintains those essential elements of market access that are so important in a province like Saskatchewan.”
Goodale says Saskatchewan dairy producers will also get a cut of compensation promised by the federal government.
“The next key piece here is for the Government of Canada, in consultation with the dairy industry and supply management, to negotiate the compensation that will make up for that difference in market access.”
However, recent tariffs on steel and aluminum have impacted refineries across the country, including Evraz, just outside of Regina.
Goodale says work is being done to deal with the steel and aluminum tariffs.
“This is a piece of major ongoing business with the United States. The tariffs on steel and aluminium predates NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the rules on that go back to the Kennedy era in the 1960’s. The NAFTA negotiation was not positioned to resolve that issue.” Goodale explained.
Premier Scott Moe, along with former Premier Brad Wall, have both previously expressed the need for a trade agreement with the states to get done before Sunday’s signing.