International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the federal government will be “steadfast” in protecting Canadian interests, including the wine industry, during NAFTA negotiations with the United States.
Champagne told CTV’s Your Morning on Thursday that Canada’s NAFTA negotiators will always look after this country’s best interests, whether the discussions are about Canadian lumber, dairy industry or wine.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently brought up the issue of wine, after the U.S. launched a trade challenge by asking the World Trade Organization to examine why the B.C. government was allowing only wine produced within the province to be sold in grocery stores. The U.S. considers the practice discriminatory to American wine exports. Click here to read more.