It’s interesting to take a quick look at how the Canadian and U.S. media viewed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the immediate aftermath of its announcement.
In Canada, it was mainly relief. In the U.S., it was mostly, “did we win?”
The Toronto Star noted that it “came down to making a few acceptable concessions in order to keep the most important aspects of NAFTA in place.”
The Globe and Mail observed that, “Canada’s chief concession was the only thing Mr. Trump was stuck on: getting greater access to our dairy, poultry and egg markets.… Canada, at least, held its ground in a thankless role.”
The National Post said, “This is a win for Canada — though admittedly only by the rather low standard of victory being defined as avoiding economic turmoil.”
An op-ed in The New York Times observed that “the media spotlight on Canada has obscured a bigger problem for the region: under the new terms, North American trade is headed off the rails and, perhaps along with it, political stability south of the border.”
The Los Angles Times said, “Trump gets credit for turning a few dials in the right direction. It’s a modest notch in the president’s belt.”
The Chicago Tribune said Trump’s deal “has worked better than his detractors expected.… He won a big concession by persuading Ottawa to take steps to open up its highly protected dairy industry.… We take it as good news that Dairy Farmers of Canada immediately denounced the change.”
After 42 years in our building on Millar Avenue in Saskatoon, The Western Producer is moving — to Millar Avenue. That’s right, we’re moving down the road to a more cozy and modern workplace. We no longer need the enormous space for the presses, and yes, there are fewer of us. Technology and the times mean it makes sense to make this move.
We will miss our old building — sort of. It was a1950s-era Massey-Ferguson tractor plant. Although our readers are literally across the country, lots of you have been through this building over the years, with tours, at meetings or visits when you were in town.
Our service won’t change, but our address will. We’re now at 1000-3530 Millar Avenue, Saskatoon, SK, S7P 0B6.
Drop by if you’re in town.