Early signs are that Canada has no intention of budging when it comes to NAFTA and dairy policy. The U.S. has proposed eliminating trade barriers and quotas for dairy products, poultry, and some other foods under Canada’s supply management system.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay told Bloomberg News Canada considers their supply management program a “model for the world” and says discussing anything else is “simply a non-starter.”
The original NAFTA agreement didn’t cover dairy trade.
Officials haven’t been able to agree on major issues including dairy trade, and have confirmed the NAFTA talks will now carry over into 2018.