Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank both of our witnesses for being here today.
I know there's been good discussion on the issues such as labour and environment and whatnot, but when we've done our negotiations through CETA and all of the others, we've always had that as part of the discussion on where we are going. I see it as a continuation of some of the things that are there, and, of course, this is the reason that it was so important for us to get CETA settled.
Right now our discussions are taking place on NAFTA, but we've also seen the U.S. pull out of TPP. We see ourselves trying to look at where we might fit in there, and we have some issues that have come up there, so I think we will just continue to talk, as Canadians, as we always have, just to make sure that areas of human rights and so on are respected. I think that's very important.
I'll revert back to the agriculture side. One thing that was mentioned was the phytosanitary requirements. We have some issues and concerns with Mexico in the potato industry. I know that our seed potato exports to Mexico at one point were significant, and now they have declined. With issues such as the potato cyst nematodes and so on, we have concerns there. We also have extra costs that Canadians have in order to satisfy conditions. These are these non-tariff trade barriers that exist in that area.
I'm wondering if you can fill us in on that side of the agriculture discussions to see what we might be able to expect, and if there's anything else we should be doing when we are talking to our Mexican and our American counterparts.