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NAFTA showdown pits cars against cows

It’s cars versus cows.

The NAFTA showdown between Canada and the United States will pit the interests of the automotive industry and other exporters against protected sectors like dairy, telecommunications, airlines and banks, Carleton University Associate Professor Ian Lee said.

“You can bet that those four industries will shamelessly invoke Canadian nationalism to protect their own greed, their own private interests,” Lee said. “They’re going to wrap themselves in the flag and say they’re doing this for Canadian identity.

“The question is will the government if Canada, the Trudeau government, have the courage to take them on?”

The country’s dairy farmers, “12,000 multimillionaires” whose supply management system in the absence of American competition allows them to jack up prices, are most vulnerable to NAFTA renegotiations, he said..........

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