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"We want to (have a trade) deal (with India)".

The two leaders exchanged a late night phone call Sunday (Sept 30) after reaching the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says all farmers in supply management systems will be fairly compensated for the additional market access being given to trading partners in the deal.

Farmers in the United States would also gain greater access to Canada's dairy market through the deal.

Canada had resisted American moves to remove the provision, keen to be able to challenge U.S. trade penalties.

Cabinet meeting in Ottawa to brief officials on the deal, as Jared Kushner, one of Trump's closest advisers, and Robert E. Lighthizer, the president's top trade negotiator, hashed out the final details.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, Trump said, "We'll see what happens with China", with regard to trade, adding, "Frankly, it's too early to talk".

The dairy farmer from Fort Macleod says he is sick of being used as a pawn after learning of the new trade agreement, which allows US dairy producers greater access to the Canadian market.

For Trump, the USMCA is only the start of what he says is a global push back against countries taking advantage of the United States economy.

"Without tariffs we wouldn't be talking about a deal", Mr Trump said.

This all means Canadians will have more cheese and ice-cream options at the grocery store, but they won't necessarily be cheaper than local dairy products.


Other contentious, so-called USA poison pills - which would have limited Canada and Mexico's ability to bid on lucrative US procurement projects - are gone. It's less severe than the US's original demand for a sunset clause, which would have forced each side to recertify the deal every five years to keep it in effect.

In a joint statement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the late Sunday agreement "will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the almost half billion people who call North America home".

The president has adopted an "America First" policy and launched a trade war against China, as well as imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Mexico and Canada.

"I said at the beginning that there is no Conservative or Liberal way to negotiate a free trade agreement - there is only a Canadian way".

The measures will have a "dramatic impact" on dairy farmers and cause the industry to shrink, said Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers Canada, in a statement.

These U.S. officials also said the deal includes stronger rules of origin for autos, an "ambitious" slate of other provisions related to the digital age, and a termination provision aimed at preventing the deal from becoming outdated.

Trump said the United States was charging China nothing. "Let's talk about what Canadians want, which is to be able to buy wine from a Canadian winery and have it shipped to them".

Trump hasn't made his disdain for NAFTA a secret, calling it the "worst trade deal ever made" and a job-killing "disaster" for the United States.

To counter China's unfair practices, he had announced on June 15 that the United States would impose tariffs of 25 percent on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. And the Liberals have failed to get any assurance that the USA will lift aluminum and steel tariffs.

Bruce Ralston, the B.C. minister responsible for trade, said Monday his government will move to comply with the agreement.

"Enough discussion about NAFTA and what the Americans want and don't want", he said.


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