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Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

New opportunities and a levelled playing field with other agriculture exporters are lauded

Canada’s grain farmers and other export-oriented producers have issued statements praising the Canadian government for quickly passing legislation ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) paving the way for Canadian farmers to see increased export volumes that could result in higher farm revenues as early as next spring. Alberta Wheat and Barley

The Senate dealt with the bill within a week of receiving it from the Commons, but cautioned government that legislators shouldn’t be taken for granted in the process of approving new laws.

Canada signs on to CPTPP

Senators chastised the government for taking them for granted on time-sensitive trade bills

Ottawa – Grain and livestock groups seeking greater market access in Asia are among the loudest voices welcoming the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senate gave final approval to the deal Oct.25, and the bill received Royal Assent shortly afterwards. All that remains is notifying the CPTT administration in Auckland, New Zealand,


Most agri-food groups welcome end to NAFTA drama

Many are still wading through the fine print of the new USMCA to understand its full implications

Most Canadian farm groups are relieved a new North American trade deal will preserve existing agriculture commitments. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) still needs to be ratified by the three countries, but the negotiations have concluded and the text of the deal has been released. One exception was the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) which

Opinion: Let’s get moving on CPTPP

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada The Honourable Andrew Scheer, leader of the Official Opposition and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada Sept 12, 2018 Dear Messrs. Trudeau,

An open letter to the prime minister

On behalf of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), the voice of Canadian agriculture and agri-food exporters, I write to urge the Government of Canada to take a leadership role in securing a free trade agreement with the remaining 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members and to implement it without delay. As the second-largest economy in


Canadian agricultural exporters urge Trans Pacific Partnership without U.S.

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), added its voice to the long list of Canadian agricultural exporters urging the federal government to achieve a trade deal with the 11 remaining Trans Pacific Partnership members. The planned summit in Vietnam next week represents a unique opportunity for Canada to take the forefront in negotiations as the

Demonstrators pull a wooden model of the Trojan Horse during a protest against the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) in front of the Parliament in Vienna, Austria on the eve of the deal coming into provisional effect.

CETA takes effect as ag frets details

Significant barriers remain to any real progress in accessing 
the European market for food products

With a flurry of press releases and a ceremony at the Port of Montreal, a new chapter in Canada’s economic history has begun to unfold as Canada’s trade deal with Europe came into effect. The Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) took provisional effect Sept. 21, even as the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations kicked off

China should be focus of food trade efforts

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says China is our biggest and best bet for future growth

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay departed on a trade mission to India and Vietnam in late February, just as farm export groups called for more attention on China. The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says in a new report that China purchased $5.6 billion worth of Canadian farm and food exports in 2016 and has become the


Farm leader Ted Menzies is stepping back to deal with health challenges.

Health issue forces Menzies out of CropLife

Industry insiders have been quick to wish Menzies well in his recovery

Heart problems have forced Ted Menzies, veteran farm leader and former federal cabinet minister, to resign as president and CEO of CropLife Canada after just three years in the post. While his appointment in 2014 was controversial, coming months after leaving the Harper cabinet, he continued to be an ambassador for Canadian farmers as he

CAFTA’s Claire Citeau says the organization is less enthusiastic about Canada’s trade deal with Europe, unless outstanding issues can be cleared up prior to implementation.


CAFTA less enamoured with Europe trade deal

Deal doesn’t solve trade barriers, making it less attractive to the sector, longtime trade champion says


The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says its support for a Canada-Europe trade deal is now conditional. The longtime enthusiastic backer of the deal says high tariffs and other headaches won’t be quickly resolved. Claire Citeau, CAFTA’s executive director, told the Commons trade committee that it expected the deal would generate $1.5 billion in new Canadian