Join thousands of Canadians standing up for Canadian farmers and ranchers and tell the Federal Government to delay approving the UK joining the CPTPP until a fair deal is negotiated between Canada and the United Kingdom.
In March of 2023, the Government of Canada reached an agreement to grant access to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to the United Kingdom. As one of the first adopters of CPTPP, Canada has an exclusive veto on new members.
The CPTPP has, until now, provided a high standard for fair access to markets for participating countries. However, this agreement does not achieve any meaningful market access for Canadian beef and pork, creating significant barriers for Canadian farmers and producers. This deal does not meet a fair standard of competition or trade liberalization.
Above all, we must maintain the integrity of the CPTPP. Canadian farmers and producers are pro-trade and want to expand access to global markets, however bad deals that hurt Canada are not acceptable. Trade should not be about short-term political wins, it should be about long-term mutual gain with predictable, science-based trade rules.
This is a bad deal for Canada. No deal is better than a bad deal. Bad deals create long-term consequences for Canada.
As it stands, the UK can continue to send over $50 million of its meat products to Canada every year, while allowing the UK to accept $0 worth of Canadian meat in return. We have an opportunity to fix these trade barriers with the Canada-UK bilateral agreement that is being negotiated. We need to achieve reciprocal market access and address the barriers that impede trade.
Currently, no other CPTPP member has restrictions on PAA in beef production, and we urge Canada’s government to advocate that any trading partner wishing to accede to CPTPP should accept Canada’s meat processing systems. Tell the Federal Government to stand up for Canada and fight for a fair deal for Canadian farmers and ranchers.
Canadian farmers and ranchers are pro-trade.
We are pro-trade and want to expand access to global markets, however bad deals that hurt Canada are not acceptable. Trade should not be about short-term political wins, it should be about long-term mutual gain with predictable, science-based trade rules.
The world needs more Canada, not less.
Our trading partners seek out Canadian beef and pork for the high standards of Canadian farm products. The Government needs to fight to ensure the world can access more Canada, not less.
No deal is better than a bad deal.
Bad deals have long term negative impacts and consequences on Canada. Canadian farmers and ranchers deserve a fair deal that lets them compete. Canada must preserve the integrity of CPTPP.
Canada needs equitable rules for exports.
In 2022, the UK exported C$33 million in beef to Canada, while unfair regulations kept Canada from exporting beef to the UK.
It’s time to implement “Full Systems Approval”.
By implementing a “full systems approval” between the UK and Canada, both sides gain confidence in each other’s protocols and compliance.