Trump is having a cow over Canada's dairy industry

Trump is having a cow over Canada's dairy industry

"Having trade disputes, I mean, we're always going to have little things where we have disagreements about". And we'll hear lots about other things. "They are using us as a scapegoat", said Gerrit Damsteegt, a Shubenacadie dairy farmer and chairman of the Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia. "The Canada-U.S. partnership is a model to the world".

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced plans to challenge Canada's "very unfair" dairy industry supply management system and threatens to tear up NAFTA if Canada won't agree to substantial changes. After Trump's attack, Canada's ambassador to the USA sent a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and NY saying Canada' dairy policy is not the cause of financial losses for US dairy farmers.

"The facts do not bear this out".

Other processors have told the Roskopfs that they are at capacity and can not add farms, Monica Roskopf said.

Trump launched his broadside after a brewing trade spat that has seen the USA dairy lobby accuse Canada of "systemic disregard" of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of "scapegoating".

While the state's Democratic leaders have been frequently critical of the Trump administration's actions, the ideas behind a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order signed during the Wisconsin trip were lauded by Schumer.

The surprise tongue-lashing represents some of the new administration strongest anti-Canada rhetoric thus far, and a significant departure from the relatively warm reception Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received on his first meeting with Trump in the USA capitol.

Supply management does have critics within Canada who believe it's not only a problem in global trade negotiations but also results in higher costs for consumers and the food industry in general.

Canada's dairy farmers agreed previous year to sell milk ingredients used for cheese-making to Canadian processors, which include Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada Inc at prices competitive with global rates.

A spokeswoman for Canada's dairy industry said Tuesday night there has not been any new taxes on dairy imports.

But he said changing trade agreements takes years - time Wisconsin dairy producers don't have as they scramble to find new buyers for excess milk.

Watch The Agenda this Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. for more coverage on President Trump's comments on Canadian dairy farming.

USA dairy industry groups want Trump to urge Trudeau to halt a pricing policy that has disrupted some US dairy exports and prioritize dairy market access in NAFTA renegotiation talks.

Trump said US farmers are being subjected to "another typical one-sided deal against the United States" and vowed to drive a hard bargain in pending trade talks during an event at a Kenosha, Wis. tool factory on Tuesday.

However, Francois Dumontier, a spokesman for Les Producteurs de lait du Quebec, said imports of US milk products have increased since 1993, and now account for three-quarters of milk products in Canada.

Instead of imposing more protectionism on Canadian dairy, Ottawa should open it to more competition and argue the case for liberalized trade. Schumer said in a statement.

MacNaughton called Canada-U.S. relations a "model" for the world, "but it is important that we work together to grow middle-class jobs and not lay blame where is does not belong".

Sources told SN that the dispute is not likely to have a significant impact on the supply or availability of dairy products in the U.S. However, there could be other pricing and availability ramifications if the U.S. takes retaliatory action against products imported to the U.S. from Canada.



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