Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageObama told to kick Canada out of trade talks or face opposition

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 4, 2014 in Politics
Members of Congress have urged President Obama to remove Canada from a major trade deal because of their protections on poultry and dairy. According to reports if Obama does not agree, he will face even more opposition to an already shaky trade agreement.
Canadian officials have engaged in policies known as supply management. By limiting products produced each year and raising taxes on milk imports, poultry and other foods that normally stay at a chosen level.
While the policy does encourage a stable market many have leveled criticisms about the price-fixing. Not all sectors of Canadian trade have these controls but lawmakers in the United States want an end to these policies.
As for the trade deal itself Obama is being pressured over the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Representatives are also pressuring him to drop Japan from this agreement as well due to similar policies. Both sides of the aisle want to change this including California Republican Devin Nunes and Democrat Charles Rangel.
As for the farmers themselves they approve of this policy in most cases. Suppliers who produce products within the protected area are relatively safe from crashes of the market and can properly provide for their families. Some consumers still complain about the price of milk in the country.
Obama is clearly being pressured because the removal of this protection would allow American businesses to ignore tariffs on Canadian goods and revitalize an American export sector which has hit a slump. Officials will also reportedly accept them in trade agreements if they decide to drop their protection for these markets.
As such Obama is now being asked to remove Canada completely from the recent trade talks. Canadian officials are taking a wait-and-see approach to this as Obama has not yet told anyone what his decision is. We should hear about it in the upcoming days.
More about Politics, World trade, Trading, Canada, United States
More news from