Canadian pork producers encouraged by the signing of the updated North American trade agreement

News Release
For Immediate Release

November 30, 2018 - OTTAWA - Canadian pork producers welcomed the signing of the Canada-United States-Mexico-Agreement (CUSMA) today in Buenos Aires prior to the G-20 summit. Moving ahead with this agreement will allow Canadian policymakers to focus on initiatives that further diversifying the country’s economy and help reach the agriculture exports goal of $75 billion outlined in the Barton report.

Given the high level of integration of the North American pork market, Canadian producers see great value in the update of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“We are taking the signature of this updated agreement as a positive sign that we are moving towards completion of this accord and an increased stability in the global marketplace,” said Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council (CPC) Chair and pork producer from Manitoba. “ CPC is looking forward to renewed efforts being put into projects that had been delayed because of ongoing trade negotiations,” added Mr. Bergmann.

Canadian pork producers have been patiently waiting for the government to move on a pork  Promotion and Research Agency since 2016. This Agency, modelled after existing beef and pork checkoff agencies in the US and Canada, would provide the Canadian pork industry a strategic, coordinated approach to market promotion, market development, and research activities.

“Now that several major trade deals have progressed significantly, we look forward to working with Minister MacAulay to get this project implemented,” said Mr. Bergmann.

The Canadian Pork Council is the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms, the organization plays a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.


Media Contact:

Gary Stordy - Director, Government and Corporate Affairs
Canadian Pork Council
613 236-9239 ext. 277


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