Dairy Trade Spat: Canada replies to Trump


-Canada trade dispute, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Canada had recently imposed duties on ultra-filtered milk.

Sterk, who sits on the board of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, points out that the USA already exports a lot more dairy products into Canada than Canada sends back - some $930-million worth of milk, cream, butter and cheese compared to $235 million imported annually.

US dairy farmers contend that the new Canadian policy, first rolled out at the provincial level previous year but soon set to go national, drops the price of that Canadian product to the point where USA producers can no longer make money selling it north of the border.

"In Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers, and others, and we're going to start working on that", Trump told a Wisconsin audience.

This week, U.S. President Donald Trump stepped into a growing trade spat when he suggested Canada's supply management system for domestic milk needs to be eliminated to allow more American dairy products onto local grocery store shelves.

About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and NY are affected.

After Trump publicly took up their cause on Tuesday, David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the US, released a letter he sent to the governors of Wisconsin and NY rebutting that claim.

Last year, two public policy analysts with the Montreal Economic Institute went as far as to condemn supply management for driving tens of thousands of Canadians into poverty while dairy farmers get fat.

The president then broke from a prepared statement to attack Canada's dairy, energy and lumber industries.

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"What they're complaining about is 'They're not selling us as much as they used to, '" he said in an interview. "And they'll give us an answer, but we're going to get the solution - not just the answer".

"As we have these exploratory talks on a possible free-trade agreement, trying to find areas where we can cooperate together for our mutual benefit is the right thing to do - and that is why I want to bring in softwood as part of our discussions", he said.

Quebec farmers say they're not anxious about recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump attacking the way Canada manages the production of dairy products.

Steel is expected to play a key role in any joint infrastructure projects between Canada and the USA, something Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to co-operate on during their White House meeting in February.

System spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said the system has a long history of collaborating with Wisconsin's dairy industry and UW researchers continue to "generate innovative solutions to help grow and protect the milk industry in our state. we look forward to this partnership". "It's a disgrace", Trump said Thursday, adding that he thinks NAFTA has been "a disaster for our country".

Minutes later came the now-familiar sight of Trump in the Oval Office, followed by a pointed attack on Canadian trade practices and the impact on US interests.

U.S. President Donald Trump seems bound and determined to wipe the grin off the face of the Laughing Cow. "Canada's repeated disregard for its dairy trade commitments to the United States has left American dairy farmers enduring the severe and unfair consequences", NMPF president Jim Mulhern said.

And as for oil, she described the stable supply from Canada as a job-creating lifeblood of the USA economy.

The latest report by the United States Trade Representative on the trade barriers faced by the USA singled out the Class 7 changes as a potential problem. "The Americans and other countries choose to subsidize to the tunes of hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars, their agriculture industries, including their dairy", the prime minister said.