The new trade deal between Canada, the USA and Mexico is getting mixed reviews from people on this side of the border, including the MP for Battle River-Crowfoot, Kevin Sorenson.

kevin sorenson 1Photo courtesy"Steel tariffs remain, softwood lumber tariffs remain, the dairy producers lost, automotive for sure. However, there is a deal and we weren't certain what a non-deal would look like; would it be a tariff on everything?" he told Drum FM. "There's a sigh of relief that there's a deal, but the more you look at the deal that was signed you see that Canada lost on this deal."

The USMCA agreement, as it's called, comes after president Donald Trump threatened to unilaterally scrap NAFTA. It includes caps on the number of automobiles Canada can send to the US and allows American dairy producers more access to Canadian markets. But that's not what worries Sorenson the most.

"If we were to negotiate another trade agreement, maybe with China or with Asian countries, we have to get a sign-off, now, from the United States," he pointed out. "That, to me, is losing sovereignty and that, to me, is very negative of this new trade agreement."

"Really, we have two governments, in my opinion, and let's take it for what it's worth, that are not friendly to business and to small business. The Carbon Tax shows it and all these little things, it's like a death of 1,000 cuts," he added. "We need a change of government and I'm optimistic that Jason Kenney will provide that change in Alberta and that Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives will federally."

The Alberta election must be held by the end of May next year; the federal election is scheduled for October 21, 2019.

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