For Big Apple's Sen.,
Fruit Worth A Fight
It sounded like a throwaway line when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) interjected it into her remarks on NAFTA--the North American Free Trade Agreement--during last week's AFL-CIO debate in Chicago. "NAFTA and the way it's been implemented has hurt a lot of American workers," she said. "In fact, I did a study in New York loking at the impact of NAFTA on business people, workers and farmers who couldn't get their products into Canada despite NAFTA."
What was she talking about? a skeptical reporter wanted to know. Back from the Senate office came a link to a September 2006 report from the Clinton, a 14-page opus titled "Barriers Faced by New York State Agricultural Producers to Trade with Canada."
It opens an unexpected window on this constantly surprising politician. As early as 2002, it appears that Clinton was working on both the Bush administration and the Canadians to assuage complaints from her farmers, frustrated by their efforts to find markets north of the border for dairy products, fruits and vegetables, wine and flowers.
But the problems persist, and "this report serves as a call to action for the U.S. Trade Representative to make the removal of these Canadian trade bariers a top priority in its negotiatons with the Canadian government and to put the Canadian government on notice that these practices should not and cannot continue."
Clinton is particularly forceful on the subject of apples.
"The non-tariff trade barrier imposed by Canada has been a major concern to the New York apple industry and Senator Clinton for many years.....The magnitude of Canadian trade barriers is partiicuarly striking when one compares New York apple exports to Canada with New York apple exports to the United Kindgdom. As demonstrated in Table 1 below, New York ships two to three times more apples to the United Kiingdom than to Canasda, despite the fact that New York shares a border with Canada and the United Kingdom is thousands of miles away and across the Atlantic Ocean.
The report states: "Senator Clinton has long been an advocate on behalf of New York apple growers on this issue."
So, who knew?
--David S. Broder
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