Don Freeland, a retired lawyer and farmer with a 6,000-acre spread in Peace River, northwestern Alberta, was in the cab of his combine Tuesday afternoon, hurrying to bring in the barley harvest before the bad weather hit. It has been a cold, damp September out West, Freeland said, and farmers just have to deal with it. Besides, there are much more irksome issues than the weather, including the “dirty rotten dairy monopoly that every political party panders to and that should be disbanded altogether — in my opinion.”

Freeland has other opinions, including of his eldest daughter, Chrystia. Better known as Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister and the trade representative U.S. President Donald Trump declared, and not via a tweet, that he did not “like” during the end days of the tense 14-month negotiation that produced the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — a deal that, among other things, gave American dairy farmers a cow’s udder more access to Canadian markets.

“I think it’s a good deal for Canada — and it had to happen,” Don said. “Canada didn’t have much choice, eh? And remember: Chrystia is not the boss.”


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