WASHINGTON — A senior American lawmaker is pressing for changes that would open up Canada’s dairy market — and he wants them in place before his country agrees to any new NAFTA deal.
Senior Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has sent a letter on the issue to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer.
Schumer says opening up the dairy market north of the border must be a top priority, and he’s urging the U.S. team to seize a rare opportunity to lower what he calls Canada’s dairy wall.
Schumer isn’t the only leading legislator for whom it is a priority; the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, is from the dairy-producing state of Wisconsin and also considers it a key issue.
Under U.S. law, American trade negotiators must consult with Congress, and will eventually need congressional votes to ratify a new deal.
Some people have suggested the countries could be weeks away from some sort of preliminary agreement on NAFTA, but others warn that serious issues like dairy remain unresolved.
The Canadian Press