I had the impression that Canada was a player in international trade when I went to work for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) in the late 1990s. But that’s not what I observed during a short stint with Canada’s main farm lobby.
Gone were the days when Canadian negotiators set the global trade agenda alongside its counterparts from the United States, the European Union and Japan. The CFA spent much of its time reacting to an agenda shaped by the push and pull between the US, the EU and some newer power-brokers: Australia, the champion of small, open farming economies, and the emerging markets of China and India.
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