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NEW DFO USMCA Update

October 4, 2018

The federal government has not yet provided official text and details regarding the USMCA. In the absence of this information, it has been challenging for DFO to provide confirmed information and details on the new agreement. The information being shared is based on what has been published in the U.S. and what DFO staff is learning informally.

 

What DFO has been doing since the announcement:

In the past couple of days, DFO board members and staff have been very busy responding to producers, media, consumers and stakeholder meetings. As well, DFO board members and staff attended the first two Fall Regional Meetings on Mon., Oct. 1 and Tues., Oct. 2. Ralph Dietrich, DFO’s chair, and Graham Lloyd, DFO’s general manager and chief executive officer, met with Premier Doug Ford on Wed., Oct. 3, 2018. During their meeting, Premier Doug Ford restated his commitment and support for dairy farmers and the industry. DFO expressed its disappointment in the USMCA and significant concerns with the outcomes of the negotiations. DFO is also looking to government officials to honour their commitment to support supply management.

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