Prime Minister Pledges Compensation For Dairy Farmers Hit By USMCA Deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says dairy farmers will be compensated for their expected losses under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, making the pledge directly at a meeting with their representatives on Thursday.

Trudeau met privately with dairy representatives in downtown Montreal amid concerns in the industry that they’re bearing the brunt under the recently concluded free-trade pact.

Canadian dairy farmers stand to lose 3.59 percent of their market to U.S. producers under the new trade deal, known as USMCA.

“That’s why we’re going to be working with them over the coming weeks and months to figure out exactly what is the compensation they need,” Trudeau said after touring the offices of Montreal company Seville Films.

“How we can ensure not just that they’re OK, but that they continue to have confidence in the future of the dairy sector in Canada.”