Canada: Trump is wrong in saying dairy practices unfair


Canada, one of the U.S.'s top trading partners, has imposed an import tax on ultra-filtered milk, a product used in the cheese-making process.

Sterk, who sits on the board of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, points out that the US 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. "It's a disgrace. I spent time with several of the farmers in Wisconsin and - as you know - rules, regulations, different things have changed and our farmers in Wisconsin and New York State are being put out of business".

Canada is not the problem for USA dairy producers and will stick with its system of protectionist dairy quotas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

MacNaughton said his intent with the letter was to correct the record following a letter critical of Canada's supply-management dairy system from the governors of Wisconsin and NY. Trump promised that he will be working on a strategy with representatives of Congress, including speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.).

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of NY and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin have also complained about the Canadian dairy pricing practices. "And we're going to call Canada and ask what's happening and they might give us an answer but we're going to get the solutions and not just the answer ok?" said Trump.

"Canada. what they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace".

He says the dairy industry in Canada is doing well.

"We have a very outstanding trade relationship with Canada". "When we renegotiate NAFTA, an agreement I opposed, we should make topic #1 enforcing existing trade commitments‎ to reverse these restrictive dairy pricing policies".

"It's good that Trump is now finally aware that they are very protectionist of the agricultural industry within Canada", Ellis said.

Trudeau made his remarks prior to Trump's latest anti-Canadian invective, in which the USA president again called out Canada - this time from the Oval Office - as "a disgrace" for hurting American dairy farmers.

Mr. Trump has previously raised questions about U.S. There's also "flat-line growth" in other dairy manufacturing sectors within NY, he added.

"When there's [Can]$2 billion worth of trade going both ways every single day ... and 9 million jobs in the USA that depend on trade with Canada, you know, I think it's going to work out just fine", MacNaughton said, as reported in the Financial Post.

While Dumontier says he's confident the Canadian government will support milk producers, he'll be following Trump's position on NAFTA and supply management closely. "Our relationship with the US administration is extremely strong and I think it's going to pay dividends in the long run".

Currently, the largest market for Canadian softwood lumber is the United States.

Despite Trump's promises to find a "solution" to the dispute, Stephenson said dairy farmers aren't holding their breath.

Trump has frequently criticized the free-trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, but has not signaled what he intends to do.

Despite the tough talk from Trump, Trudeau said he saw an opportunity to engage with the U.S. President.

Grassland Dairy Products Inc., of Greenwood, informed 67 dairy farms in early April, most from Wisconsin and some from Minnesota, it no longer would accept their milk after May 1, citing Canada's new pricing policy.

Last autumn, for example, the Trudeau Liberals coughed up $350 million in compensation to Canadian milk producers for allowing some foreign cheese imports under the Canada-EU trade deal.