Canadian ag minister touts benefits of NAFTA


by Jay Sjerven, MEAT+POULTRY

Jan. 10, 2018


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, addressing members of the American Farm Bureau Federation at their 99th annual convention in Nashville on Jan. 7, extolled the benefits of the US-Canada relationship and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


MacAulay, the first Canadian agriculture minister to address a Farm Bureau convention, said, “The bottom line is this: If we grow our trade relationship, we will grow our economies … together. And we certainly have it in our collective power to do that. But we need to ensure that this trading relationship remains healthy – which means, of mutual benefit. After all, mutual benefit is the very essence of trade. It always has been.


“Trade is about people. It’s about creating growth, jobs, spurring innovation and ultimately prosperity for families and communities. Well, that is exactly what NAFTA has done for our industry and continent during the past 23 years.”


MacAulay pointed out trade between the NAFTA partners – the United States, Canada and Mexico – has tripled since the accord took effect in 1994 and that US agriculture and food exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled in that time...