From a Release
Final negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia have produced a Trade Agreement between 12 Pacific Rim Countries. Canada is one of the founding members. This Agreement will significantly reduce tariffs on many fronts between members.
The negotiations in Atlanta had a local connection – Mark Lumley, Chair of the Ontario Sugarbeet Growers’ Association flew to Atlanta to bolster the information presented in favour of the domestic agricultural sugar industry in Canada. The results of this deal will strengthen and enhance the industry in Alberta, open the door for expansion and growth in Ontario as well as contribute to the viability of the fledgling industry in PEI and New Brunswick and elsewhere. It is hoped this partnership is the first steps in re-establishing a viable Canadian sugar policy that brings Canadian Agriculture back into the Canadian sugar industry.
Sugarbeets produced in Ontario are hoped to soon contribute to Bio industrial products, as well as ethanol and possibly reintroduce locally grown sugar to the Ontario market after a 50 year absence.