In his own words: Text of Trump's latest complaints about Canadian trade

Owen Stevens
April 21, 2017

"Despite Donald Trump's remarks, Quebec egg farmers are confident that their provincial and federal governments will continue to protect supply management in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations, in keeping with the government of Canada's long-term commitments and with recent statements made by Premier (Philippe) Couillard", says Paulin Bouchard, president of the Fédération des producteurs d'oeufs du Québec.

Speaking in Kenosha, Wisc., the President called the supply management systems undertaken by Ontario and the Trudeau government as symbolic of the "one-sided" deals he has vowed to replace.

The governor recently joined Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in writing a letter to President Donald J. Trump asking him to take action against Canada for its dairy pricing program, which limits the amount of dairy products exported across the northern border.

Wisconsin farmers said they're feeling the effects of Canada's decision to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese.

"So if you're renegotiating trade agreements like NAFTA, then you're looking at renegotiating everything".

"If at some point the Americans want to have a discussion on subsidies in agriculture, well we have a few on their side we could point to", he said.

In addition, MacNaughton writes the dairy industry of Canada is less protectionist than U.S. He said this because of the technical barriers kept by U.S to keep dairy industry of Canada out of the market.

David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, hit back against the criticism at a news conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday.

"We have a really good system", Debbie said.

In the meantime, MacNaughton says Canada needs to be prepared on every single issue when it comes to cross-border trade and shouldn't isolate any one sector.

"There are irritants. There are always going to be irritants. We've had a tough time on softwood lumber for 30 years", he said.

"I think this is probably the biggest trade negotiations test it (supply management) has yet faced".

"We're also going to stand up for our dairy farmers", Mr. Trump said.

"Canada is not to blame for the issues in the United States, or, as far as that goes, the issues in the world".

Trump made the remarks while in the process of signing an executive order on US steel.

"The truth is, both the US and world dairy markets are now over-saturated, which has led to low prices at the farm-gate and a lower price received by the processors", said Isabelle Bouchard, director of communications and government relations at Dairy Farmers of Canada, in a blog post. "NAFTA has been very, very bad for our country", Trump said. "We can not continue like this, believe me".

The U.S. dairy lobby has accused Canada of "systemic disregard" of its trade obligations, while the Canadian industry accused its American rival of "scapegoating".

Canada's dairy farmers agreed a year ago to sell milk ingredients used for cheese-making to Canadian processors, who include Saputo Inc and Parmalat Canada Inc [PLTPRC.UL] at prices competitive with global rates.

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