Time for McNeil to stand up to Trudeau’s deal with Trump and help our dairy farmers

Cumberland North MLA and Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says Premier Stephen McNeil needs a plan to help the province’s 200 dairy farmers who will be hurt by the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement on Trade.

In negotiating a new deal with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has weakened Canadian supply management rules that will allow a flood of American dairy products to enter the Canadian market.  This breaks a promise Trudeau made to dairy farmers in the spring not to trade away supply management.


“To make peace with Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau sold out our dairy farmers, here in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Smith-McCrossin.  “It’s time for Stephen McNeil to stand up for our dairy farmers and come up with a new plan to fix the mess that Trudeau is creating.”


Cumberland County dairy farmer Doug Bacon says the new trade deal puts dairy farmers in the province and across the country in jeopardy.


“I am disappointed with the decision to sell out the dairy industry,” said Bacon.  “This will affect young farmers in getting financing as it calls into question the future value of dairy milk quota.”


Smith-McCrossin notes that 87 per cent of Nova Scotia food products are already imported.  More American dairy products coming in under the Trudeau-Trump trade deal will make a bad situation worse.


“Now more than ever, Nova Scotia needs a healthy local food strategy, with the goal of reducing the number of imported food products to 50 per cent by 2030,” added Smith-McCrossin.  “With this sellout of our dairy farmers by Trudeau, the need for such a strategy to get more home grown food products onto our tables has never been stronger.”


Smith-McCrossin released her Healthy Local Food Strategy, called Our Food First, in July.


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