Harper sold us out to Europe, say Quebec's dairy producers
Canada's agricultural producers are expressing concern about the free-trade agreement being finalized with the European Union.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is off to Brussels today to help finalize the agreement, which is due to be signed within days.
The agreement, which is four years in the making, would see Canada double the amount of European cheeses allowed into the country in return for greater EU access for Canadian beef and pork.
Beef farmers will have a much bigger market, but dairy farmers say Harper sold them out.
"The concessions that are being made by the federal government is the equivalent of a bit more than 30 per cent of the fine cheese market in Canada," says François Dumontier, the spokesperson for the Quebec dairy producers' federation. "30 per cent is a lot."
Norm Hall, the president of the agricultural producers' association of Saskatchewan, says he hopes there will be a net benefit for all agricultural subsectors when all is said and done.
"I just hope that the government has weighed the pros and cons, and it will be a net benefit for Canada.," he says.
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