Premier Moe voices support for trade at Melfort cabinet meeting

MELFORT — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his government is supporting the federal government in its effort to build the trade relationship with China.

“It’s very important for us to advocate and support our federal government with respect to trade policy,” Moe said. “We have one trade policy in this nation, and it is our federal government’s trade policy, and we’re supporting them in any way we can, for example with their relationship with China.”

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Moe made the comments as part of a cabinet meeting held in Melfort on July 17.

“These headwinds are very much real and the certainty of our industry and the opportunities we have to essentially maintain and increase the exports that we had, for example the agricultural industry, are paramount.”

Moe said he has had conversations with the other 12 premiers about how to better support the trade relationship by having a joint mission to the European Union to engage with countries who have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).

“The agriculture industry is far more important and in depth in its reach, if you will, into our communities than just traditional agro-food products and agro-food exports. It goes into the manufacturing industry; it goes into the research industry.”

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