Premier's statement on USMCA
Premier Wade MacLauchlan issued the following statement today regarding the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The dairy industry is an integral part of our Island communities and economy. The 165 farmers, their families and employees, the processors, and all who work in the industry are dedicated, innovative Islanders who help better our province.
Island dairy is a proud part of our heritage, our economy, and our future. In fact, dairy represents a larger proportion of our Island economy than is the case for much of the rest of Canada.
Our government remains firmly supportive of supply management.
This morning I met with senior officials and the ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries, Finance, and Economic Development and Tourism.
We have been engaged since the beginning of the negotiations and will continue to be a vocal supporter of our dairy producers and processors, working closely with them as more details are released.
Government works closely with the Prince Edward Island dairy industry and will maintain regular dialogue through future stages of the ratification and implementation of the USMCA, as has been the case throughout the negotiations.
We have concerns about any potential impacts on our dairy industry.
We have encouraged the federal government to act quickly to put in place adjustment programs and resources to ensure that any negative impacts on Island dairy producers or processors are mitigated.
We remain committed to working with all producers and processors and to being a strong voice to all levels of government in support of our industry.
As we said earlier this summer – Island dairy farmers are not responsible for the rhetoric of Donald Trump. We will continue to stand with our dairy community to ensure they are treated fairly.