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Thousands march in support of Quebec farmers, against USMCA concessions

MONTREAL — Thousands marched through the streets of Montreal this afternoon in support of farmers who say they are threatened by the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Many in the crowd brandished signs and kitchen utensils and pushed shopping carts as they joined an hour-long march organized by Quebec’s farmers’ union.

The union, known as UPA, says Canada made “unprecedented” concessions in the dairy sector during negotiations for the USMCA deal.

They’re calling on the Quebec and federal governments to support local products and make sure any new imports have to meet the same standards Quebec producers are bound by.

Monia Grenier, a dairy producer and union representative from the Estrie region, says the hardest part of the new deal is the uncertainty about what will happen to the market.

She hopes Canadians will rally behind farmers and pledge to buy only homegrown products.

The Canadian Press